British Council Creative Economy hosts an evening of discussion and debate: “Join us for an evening of lively discussion and debate with Daniel Charny and David Li – two thought-leaders at the forefront of UK and Chinese maker cultures.”
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In this final Open Stage talk of the session From Digital Transition to Ecological Resilience at Lift16, David Li reports back from his hometown Shenzhen, in China, where most of the world’s electronics ends up to be dismantled and “recycled” for its gold. Though, in this very place, a revolution is brewing from the bottom up.
In this episode, we chat with David Li, the founder of China’s first Makerspace Xinchejian and the co-founder of the think-tank focusing on technological production Hacked Matter. Over the past 20 years, David has started several open source software projects and contributed to many others.
Cyberspace, both as word and as vision, entered the popular lexicon through William Gibson’s 1984 cyberpunk novel Neuromancer. But as it turns out, Gibson wasn’t interested in the Internet until he started buying watches on Ebay. In a 1999 Wired article, he details his compulsive addiction to bidding for vintage mechanical watches—what Gibson calls “fine fossils of a predigital age.”
Hackerspaces are shared studios that bring together people committed to the free and open sharing of software and hardware, as well as ideas and knowledge. As of April 2012, there are more than 500 active hackerspaces in existence worldwide, making them a global phenomenon.
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