Sony coming to the Open Source party

playstation digitsRecently I was writing about the potential for companies like Sony to take advantage of internet communications and 3D printing in bio-plastics. They’re too clever to have to wait for me to make suggestions. The Playstation 4 code is partially based on Open Source software.

Open Source means that the details of the computer program is open for you to see. You can get a copy and make alterations to it, if you have that skill set, and tailor it to your needs. Like the guys used that open cad/cam system to make the round speaker boxes that look like the Death Star. A lot of people do a lot of work on this for free. Why? It’s a hobby. It’s also the future of business in the 21st century. It makes for more robust, more personal systems. It provides an avenue for skilled people to use their abilities and get a warm fuzzy out of it.

There are plenty of options for people to donate to support such work, but it’s made available to those who need it and can use it. Money is no barrier to participating.

In the spirit of the thing, Sony have used this software, because why not? Now they’ve made their developments available to others. Like Elon Musk made the Tesla patents freely available.

Yesterday, there was a wall of Tesla patents in the lobby of our Palo Alto headquarters. That is no longer the case. They have been removed, in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology.


Short changing themselves? You’re thinking in the pyramid. This is smart business.


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