Chris Anderson on the democratisation of manufacturing, design and technology

Wednesday 19 September 2012, 9.40pm | Video now online

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Making things for most of us means baking cakes or tinkering in the garden shed. Chris Anderson, renowned technology expert, American author of the bestsellers The Long Tail and Free and Editor-in-Chief of Wired magazine, came to Intelligence Squared on 19 September to herald the third industrial revolution, in which high-tech do-it-yourself will become a part of everyday life. No longer will every aspiring entrepreneur need the support of a major manufacturer to realise their dreams. We’ll be living in a world, predicts Anderson, where technologies such as 3-D printing and electronics assembly will be available to everybody and where anybody with a smart idea and a little expertise will be able to make their ideas a reality.

The TimesOn The Long Tail“A brilliant and important book — as i-intelligent as it is e-entertaining” – The Times

The GuardianOn Free“Turns traditional economics upsidedown” – The Guardian


Chris Anderson Chris Anderson – Editor-in-Chief of Wired magazine whose latest book is Makers: The New Industrial Revolution