[Noisebridge-discuss] Sigh -- I'm not helping with Maker Faires this year.

Matt Joyce matt at nycresistor.com
Mon Apr 2 21:40:07 PDT 2012


One cautionary concern:

Companies like boston dynamics, general dynamics, lockheed martin...
etc snap up the bulk of robotics talent in the college pool today.
They have the money, they have cool projects, and kids tend not to be
very good at understanding the opportunities they will have on a
longer term.  They also have less of a notion as to what consequences
really are.

Refusing to participate in Maker Faire will do little to produce an
incentive to remove those organizations from Make and STEM initiatives
in general.  It will simply deny you a voice, and that will deny
children an incentive to look elsewhere for opportunity when the time
comes for them to choose their path in life.

That's my concern.  When looking at it from a perspective that is NOT my own.

-Matt

On Mon, Apr 2, 2012 at 9:35 PM, rachel lyra hospodar
<rachelyra at gmail.com> wrote:
> how did you find out? i don't see it anywhere in a cursory perusal of
> their site.  Oreilly donated a bunch of materials to Occupy and I have
> always really liked working with them :( but i might have to join you in
> this protest.
>
> On 4/2/2012 7:15 PM, Mitch Altman wrote:
>> It's official. I'm greatly saddened that I won't be able to help at this
>> year's Maker Faires after they applied for and accepted a grant from DARPA.
>>
>> I look forward to working and playing at Maker Faire again, after they
>> are no longer associated with DARPA.
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