Designing Reality: Authors' Talk

February 6, 2018, 6:30-8 p.m.

Designing Reality book coverJoin MIT Professor Neil Gershenfeld, MIT alum Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, and MIT Visitor Alan Gershenfeld (participating remotely), as they discuss their latest book Designing Reality, an exploration of the dawning of the third digital revolution where anyone can fabricate (almost) anything. Free.

About the book

Designing Reality: How to Survive and Thrive in the Third Digital Revolution focuses on the underlying principles of digital fabrication and its revolutionary potential to transform society. It brings the perspectives of science, technology, social science, and humanities to the third digital revolution – through three brothers who are not only observers of the revolution but also active participants in helping guide it.  

Over the past fifty years, two digital revolutions – in computing and communication – have transformed our world. They have lead to unprecedented productivity, generated enormous wealth, and fundamentally altered everyday lift. But these revolutions left a great many people behind: today, half of the planet is not connected to the Internet, inequality is on the rise, and issues around privacy, security and civility emerge daily. With more foresight, we could have avoided many of these pitfalls.

We now have another chance. The authors foresee a third and even greater digital revolution in fabrication. The third digital revolution is about much more than 3D printers and hobbyist makers; it’s about the convergence of the digital and physical worlds. Drawing on the history of digitization and exploring the frontiers of research, Designing Reality outlines a vision for a future radically transformed by digital fabrication that takes us from community fab labs to personal fabrication to replicators right out of Star Trek that will allow anyone to make (almost) anything.

Designing Reality is your guide to not just surviving but thriving in the third digital revolution.