By Massimo Temporelli, President and co-founder of The FabLab
Tools, devices and then machines have always had a very strong influence on our ways of thinking, acting and working. From the Stone Age to the use of fire, up to the Industrial Revolutions, technology has always redesigned all social practices, especially in the workplace. In the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0), new tools and machines promise (they are already doing so) to once again change the way we work, particularly in manufacturing, from big industry to small craft shops. The technologies for additive manufacturing, robotics, numerical control machines, the Block Chain and the Internet of Things allow us to rethink our way of designing, producing, distributing and selling physical products. It is clear that the place of man, of the citizen and of the professional will undergo strong changes at an anthropological and social level. In this workshop, we will discover and deepen the new 4.0 technologies and above all some new trends that are about to be born in the world of design and production and distribution of physical products.
- The craftsman will be a craftsman of the code?
- Will customers buy finished products in stores or will the shops disappear to become more similar to Renaissance shops where the goods will not only be sold but also produced and customized?
- Will the clerk still exist?
- How will the Designer / Manufacturer / Customer chain change in this scenario?
After graduating in physics, he worked for 10 years as a curator at the National Museum of Science and Technology ‘‘Leonardo da Vinci’’ in Milan. He is now an entrepreneur in the field of Digital Fabrication and a private consultant for innovation and industrial culture. Temporelli is President and Co-founder of The FabLab, a digital fabrication lab with locations in Milan, Turin, and Bologna. He appears on Radio24, Sky, and Rai as a tv and radio host, as well as writing for Wired and Millionaire. His most recent books are “4 punto 0” and “Innovatori” (Hoepli Editore). In 2016, he won the “Federico Faggin Innovation Award”.
The productive world today is based on standardized, engineered and rigid realities in which designers, artisans, workers, technicians, salesmen, and users are still divided, classified and imprisoned in the definition of their unilateral profession in an inflexible, Taylorist and 20th-century system.
We would like to shape reality day by day, eradicating the certainties of the productive world. These certainties must no longer derive from trust in standardization and uniformity, but from the satisfaction of the needs of individuals.
We would like to see the birth of new places where people, materials, technologies, and ideas together create an ecosystem of mutual exchange and co-planning. In these places, the skills of designers and technicians would blend with the needs of the users, who can choose how to personalize their own products. FabLabs represent the starting point, but we want more. Our vision has a name, that is “Melting Point”.
The concept of “Melting Point” expressed by the students is very strong: urban manufacturing, sustainability but above all the new value relationships that could bring together those who consume, those who produce and those who design, make the product chain much more virtuous and human-centric.
This kind of shared space is exemplified by contemporary restaurants, where the kitchen and dining room are closely connected, where consumption and production are merged, creating relationships, new humanity, greater awareness, and co-planning.
The future ‘Homo Sapiens’ will, we think, evolve towards relationships, proactivity, interdisciplinarity, sustainability, sharing and balance.