Could you build your own house, car or tractor? A TED Fellow on his adventures in extreme manufacturing

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unnamed-1What if you could build a civilization from scratch, using tools that could also be built from scratch? In his talk « Open-sourced blueprints for civilization » at TED2011, Marcin Jakubowski introduced the Global Village Construction Set, open-source blueprints that would essentially allow anyone with a heap of scrap metal — and a few production tools — to make 50 machines covering all the needs of a basic civilization: agriculture, energy, transportation and production.

In the last two years, this TED Fellow has been working to make this radical idea a reality on Factor e Farm — a community based on 30 acres near Kansas City, Missouri. The TED Blog caught up with him to find out how the project is going, and to hear how his marriage to fellow Fellow (and open-source scholar) Catarina Mota (watch her talk, « Play with smart materials« ) has brought domestic bliss into the construction equation.

It’s been a couple…

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