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    Wired: Open source everywhere
    Submitted by Mark Luo; posted on Thursday, November 06, 2003


    An article by Thomas Goetz:

    ``Software is just the source is doing for mass innovation what the assembly line did for mass production. Get ready for the era when collaboration replaces the corporation.
    ``ThinkCycle's collaborative approach [to developing an IV system for Cholera patients] is modeled on a method that for more than a decade has been closely associated with software development: open source. It's called that because the collaboration is open to all and the source code is freely shared. Open source harnesses the distributive powers of the Internet, parcels the work out to thousands, and uses their piecework to build a better whole - putting informal networks of volunteer coders in direct competition with big corporations. It works like an ant colony, where the collective intelligence of the network supersedes any single contributor.''

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