Ethics and Legal issues of DiDIY
Digital DIY makes it much easier for everybody to produce physical objects of all kinds. Such a capability brings considerable challenges to our current ethical and legal systems, and to our very idea of what is (or should be) right or wrong: what happens when virtually everybody can copy objects of design, self-produce spare parts for products she already owns, or manufacture dangerous ones?
At the same time, and likely at an even bigger scale, the same capability can bring huge benefits to society, from new job opportunities to reduced pollution, thanks to on-demand manufacturing and so-called "mass customization".
The DiDIY Project studies all sides of these issues through: