Author and journalist Cory Doctorow questions how design will evolve in our society.

Blogger, journalist and science fiction author Cory Doctorow pondered the future of manufactured products in a recent article for Make magazine. Research for one of his novels, which mostly takes place in the factory cities of South China, caused him to think about the goods that are made on the assembly lines in those factories.

These items, from designer goods to knockoffs, are produced day after day, in exactly the same way. They are manufactured to look identical with no imperfections or individuality, “untouched by human hands.”

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