The Failure of Open Source

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Open source software has transformed the world. More people have access to information, knowledge, and wisdom. Most of this latter more people have more access to information only - as knowledge and wisdom must be distilled - and much of the distilled information is not accessible to average Joe.

At the same time, large companies now support open source software, as it's simply good business sense to share development costs. And the large companies make proprietary applications on top of the common core. Industry has not yet made a strong case for common core leading to common core applications on top - all the hot stuff is proprietary - such as FB code or Amazon code. That is to say - open source is used to build empires, but the empires share wealth through corporate trickle-down primarily - as opposed to fundamentally distributing wealth by producing applications that help each and every person gain wisdom, freedom, power, productive capacity. Most software today increases human nature as consumers. This is a continuation of ancient monopilies.

Fundamental industry transformation would mean that the software that we make helps people gain the most power. Not business models that feed corporare IPOs and stockholders, but innovative Distributive Enterprises that change the world at the core by a historic transfer of wealth from the few to the many.

In this sense, open source software has not delivered on its promise of human liberation.

We aim to change that with hardware, at Open Source Ecology.

Hardware, because it is more powerful than software, has more potential to liberate.

More powerful than software? Yes. You can't eat or live inside software. You can eat food, and live in a house - examples of material hardware for survival.

We are optimistic that by seizing distributed, collaborative product development - everyone wins, distribution of wealth improves drastically, and we solve all problems related to Artificial Scarcity - such as poverty or war. So the chapter in history, where humans have transcended the scarcity mindset - with its ubiquitous scarcity-based business models of today - to a new generation of prosperity.