Bruce Sterling at Maker Faire Rome: Desirable, Buildable, Profitable


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admit i tldr’d all but the fuzzy venn diagram - mindswapped “desirable” to “broadly socially acceptable” for somewhat clearer results


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I live quite happily in the “buildable” and “buildable plus profitable” portions of that diagram. I’ve found that even if only one person in a million likes your high-priced niche product, it’s enough. Also, if I want to build something unusual just for fun, it brings joy to me and to some of the people who get to see it.


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Too bad he left out the most interesting category of all - the negative trifecta. What would be costly, ugly, and impossible?


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An An improvised explosive device (IED) is profitable? How? To the people selling it? Next billionaire could be an IED manufacturer…


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Worked out OK for Alfred “Merchant of Death” Nobel.


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If I remember right, I’ve seen that IED pic before. The 1 Missed Call was the one that would have triggered the IED, but didn’t for some reason.


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