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(CNN) -- A machine for the home that can make anything, even itself sounds like the dream of a science fiction fan, but a device using open source software developed at Cornell University has been designed to do just that. Could it represent the dawn of the arts and crafts movement for the digital age or open the gateway to the destruction of intellectual property rights and copyright? (Full story)

How important is open source software and freeware in fostering innovation?

Well, I must say open source is the way forward. Recently countries like South Africa and Brazil adopted open source polices for all their goverment offices and institutions.Proprietary software is much more vulnerable to hackers attacks, security breaches. Long live open source!
Kefa, Kenya

I have seen these things discussed before. I guess you could use other tools to measure anything and then reproduce it on this machine.
Keith, Amsterdam, Netherlands

If you want to unleash the creativity of six billion people, provide them with a free means to do so. Today's innovations, no matter how astounding, are just the tip of the ice berg. These are just products of the minds of a minority elite who have access to proprietary technological platforms for innovation.
Alexander Casiple, Davao City, Philippines

I believe a few bold creative people will seize the opportunity and succeed using open source software and freeware. In fostering innovation it is excellent.
Dayo Obatayo, Nigeria

This seems like a revolutionary invention. For the sake of developing a better human life these technologies will be very helpful in future.
Birendra, Colombo, Sri Lanka

I hope that these type of voluntary initiatives will illustrate how counter-innovative some patents and intellectual property rights are in the long run. It's important to enable participation as widely as possible as the spin-offs in other fields are likely to be unpredictable and progressive, perhaps even catalytic.
Yvonne Bond, London, England


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Could this innocuous-looking acrylic box be the forefather of machines that can make literally anything?

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