Next week, I will emerge from a two-year term as a technology manager. That means it’s been a long time since I’ve made anything with my hands. My tech skills have withered, and I need to get them back.
This arrived in the mail today:
I’m going to spend January experimenting with Arduino and Raspberry Pi, acquainting myself with the building blocks of the rapid prototyping movement. This movement has taken off while I’ve been sitting in an office mastering Microsoft Outlook. I think these platforms and their ilk will do for the physical world what machine-readable data and social networking have done for information and communication. And I think their impact on society will ultimately be greater than those of recent years.
The potential of open hardware is hardly news to my audience. I’m posting this mostly in the hopes that publicizing my self-education plan will motivate me to see it through. I’d also like your ideas: if there is a tool or technology that you think could radically change civics over the next 10 years, what is it? How would you go about learning it?