Open Source Manufacturing Will Change Michigan Forever by Nate Oostendorp
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Open Source Manufacturing Will Change Michigan Forever
100 Years ago, Detroit was starting its Golden Age as a manufacturing powerhouse -- a period that cast the identity for the city and the midwest region for the next century. In recent decades, a competitive global market for automobiles and the reduction in labor force due to massive improvements in process, IT, and automation have led some to proclaim the death of domestic manufacturing.
In the next decades, manufacturing will not be an industry fueled by cheap labor, but by technological innovation. With it's ecosystem of small manufacturers, top-tier universities, and skilled workforce, Michigan is well positioned to usher in a new age of Smart Manufacturing. One element which can catalyze this transformation is the adoption of Open Source technologies -- which, in Silicon Valley, have made possible great engines of innovation like Google and Facebook. In five minutes, we'll look at the past, present, and future of Michigan, Manufacturing, and Open Source.
Nate Oostendorp is the CEO and founder of Ingenuitas, a company dedicated to bringing Open Source to the world of Industrial Computing. Formerly, he co-founded Slashdot.org and was site architect for SourceForge.net. He holds an MSI from the University of Michigan School of Information, and lives in Plymouth.