Neil Gershenfeld words vs. Louis Kahn words
Neil explains " The purpose of bringing tool-making back into the home is not to recreate the hardship of frontier living, just as its not to run personal scream-container production lines out of the family room. Rather, it's to put the control of the creation of technology back into the hands of its users." He's saying that technology is brought back, and more advanced for the purpose of one's desire to build and create not to make something better, or build a better source of it.
Neil says that "personal fabrication is fulfilling individual desires rather than merely meeting mass market needs." He points out the obvious to us that companies and factories build better material, build better computers on their desire to have a very high-tech system but they build it only on their desire to build. Is that good, useful to us the commoners? Is it good that the technology of our world is getting very high-tech and complicated but yet simple? Neils seperates the machines and products, according to that the machines are what make the product possible. But who builds the machine? What use is it if the machine was only to produce what ever input it recieves? What happens to the craetor of the machine? Is it man, or machine that builds the machine to create the product producing machine? Neil response to this problem is to focus more on the desire to learn how to build the machine that can produce what WE want ourselves. Instead of relying on others to think of it for us. He argues that man is what builds the machine so why not let man learn the knowledge to BUILD the machine to his PREFERENCE?
For example, this man above is assembling or touching up on a car. The car is assembled by machine power, a machine that has directions programmed into it to do what it muct do. The program is inserted by man, the knowledge that is inserted into the machine is man knowledge, so Neil is saying that if man has the knowledge then mass production, or production of anything is possible.
Louis Kahn has sort of a similar approach. Kahn says that "What natur makes it makes without man, and what man makes nature can not make without him." Louis explains how the tools and things that are part of our space can not do without one another. Nature produces trees and soil, without the help of man, in rainforests and woods. Man creates machinery that uses the resource of nature. Kahn says that "desires bring the new need", which is what Neil was expressing also. That because of one desires there must be new needs. For example a man desires a program to monitor his house and record information around the house, or the chores that need to be done. In no time there most likely would be a in-home sytem that is sort of like having a maid. You open your fridge and ask, what do I need to buy at the grocery store and the fridge scans your fridge for he input of items you put into the program, when an item is missing it states that you must purchase so and so. It sounds complicatd and confusing but Neil and Kahn explains that man's knowledge is what machines produce. With the knowledg of man and teh right building materials, man can prodeuce anything and everything.
Below is an example of man's creation to his desires.
A sewing machine, sewing can be done by hand but man is too slow and not precise enough. Thus create a machine to sew for them.
But sewing wasn't enough man DESIRED to have many types of stitches and technique. Thus the creation of a more advanced sewing machine.
But that still wasn't enough, man DESIRED a sewing machine that they can take anywhere and use anytime at their convienence. Thus the handheld sewing machine.
So as you see man's desires are what makes the new needs(KAHN) and that need leads to knowledge to create something to their individual interest(NEIL).