Free culture addresses many of today’s societal challenges and promotes a more prosperous future.
- Privacy & security
- Openness & accountability
- Social accessibility
- Promotes & allow for education and self learning
- Encourages and strengthens community
- Speeds up products development
- Rewards creativity and responsible risk
- Reduces corruption
Eliminates planned obsolescence
Manufacturing and product designs companies business models will rely on repeat purchase of their products, in order to maintain high profits. If products are developed using open hardware practices, encouraging the involvement of the respective community, then the community will be able to highlight and resolve any concerns of “planned obsolescence”. It is in the open hardware communities interest to present any engineering and design solutions to ensure maximum product longevity. If short term obsolescence is inevitable due to the rapid evolution of the sector, then product can be designed to ensure first upgradability and then recyclablity. I would highly recommend watching the following documentary “The Light Bulb Conspiracy” that explains in detail the history and negativity impact of planned obsolescence.
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