2. Cloning objects
How can an object control its own reproduction?
The information surrounding the production of a typical product tends to be quite guarded: plans and techniques are protected by patent and “owned” as the intellectual property of a single company or manufacturer. Cloning Objects presents an alternative scenario in which a collection of products are each embedded with all of the information needed for their own reproduction. Scanning the object with a software interface allows a user to “inspect” the components of an object, revealing the digital 3D-definition, files for reproduction with digital fabrication tools, information and schematics for electronic components, and the source-code for any software used to control the object. Distributing this information within the objects allows them to be reproduced and distributed without a structured, formal network. The autonomous objects and their components are made accessible on an individual level, and can be freely shared, modified, and redistributed.
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