Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything podcast compares American open source maker culture with the Chinese version. America’s version rose up as a reaction to intellectual property law. Meanwhile, in China, open source rose up where there is no tradition of strong intellectual property protection. The Chinese culture of open source hardware is driving China’s thriving Chinese manufacturing culture.
Clones of successful Western products such as the iPhone appear on the Chinese market before the originals, which leads to the question of just which is the clone and which is the original.
For this special installment of the Theory of Everything we explore Maker Culture. Makerbot co-founder Bre Pettis gives us a tour of his new venture: Bold Machines. Plus we go to China to learn what the next generation of Chinese makers have planned for the future.