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Instructables in the Institute for the Future's Future of Making Map Answered

I helped The Institute for the Future, an independent, nonprofit research group with nearly 40 years of forecasting experience, create their Future of Making Map, which has just been published and mentions Instructables:

Two future forces, one mostly social, one mostly technological, are intersecting to transform how goods, services, and experiences--the "stuff" of our world--will be designed, manufactured, and distributed over the next decade. An emerging do-it-yourself culture of "makers" is boldly voiding warranties to tweak, hack, and customize the products they buy. And what they can't purchase, they build from scratch. Meanwhile, flexible manufacturing technologies on the horizon will change fabrication from massive and centralized to lightweight and ad hoc. These trends sit atop a platform of grassroots economics--new market structures developing online that embody a shift from stores and sales to communities and connections.

Check out the full Future of Making Map here.


Cool! (100 mpg hybrid- screw that, I'm doing 0 gallon per mile hybrid)

I had an idea for a fully green car around ten seconds ago, if you have a river or similar...

Hmm, 0-100 in 2 seconds with no gas.... Hmmmm *thinks* I got it! push it off a cliff!

Just a sec... Nope off a cliff, no friction, 44mph after two seconds, and that rounded up a little...

gravity accelerates objects at around 9.8m/s2

No I considered the idea of hydroelectric power, rather than using mains for an electric, doesn't take a big river to get good power, all the time too...

Not really good enough, for a home built system if you have even a small river at your disposal you can make alot more energy, also a good bit of power is needed for an E-car... Maybe a motorbike you could get away with wind power...

I'll get something. I'm planning on doing lots of small ones. Idk, I'll figure it out after I finish building

yeah your car project sounds good, the forklift idea still seems the best bet for a well built power/control/batteries setup, gearing up a little wouldn't be much effort using a simple gearbox but for city driving it'd probably do just fine anyways... Well the power thing was just an idea having seen the power that people can generate with the water wheels, if you have wind power, by all means use it though... Solar isn't really a viable option for a home builder either, hmm dependant on electricity sources it mightn't matter greenwise, if you're powered by green power already, like a dam or something... All about where you live sometimes, the Icelandic could run electric vehicles all day long and know they're being uber green...

Yeah, this will never go over 55 mph with electric. I live in Santa Fe -here there is no water Wind is easy to build, and widely available. We'll see what happens after I finish

Well wind it is then, anyway good luck to you on the build, keep me posted, Im going to build a small wind turbine for my garden after some further experiments, I need to get the best out of it so I'm leaning towards old school 'farm style' or possibly a savonius, which would hang on in the lower winds but not make full use of the higher speeds...

I'm planing on savinous made from an old steel drum. Keep me posted (go on the chat room, lots of interesting people there today)

Turns out that doesn't work! The Radio gets all weird!

All right =D

We're getting more publicity!