BookWatch: We’re on the cusp of the third digital revolution, and here’s how not to be left behind

Over the past 50 years, two digital revolutions — in communication and computation — have created unprecedented wealth and transformed how we live, learn, work and play. We are now on the cusp of third digital revolution — in fabrication — that will be equally transformative of markets and society.

A half-century ago it wasn’t obvious that computation capability would progress from fitting in buildings to fitting in rooms to fitting on desks to fitting in pockets and finally to embedding in infrastructure.

The third digital revolution is on a similar trajectory, progressing from room-filling machines to desktop personal fabrication to ubiquitous programmable materials.

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