So here it is. November 1, 2009 is the day of Product Release.
Factor e Farm announces its first Product Release in the form of The Liberator high-performance, open source, Compressed Eearth Block (CEB) Press – Beta Version 1.0.
Let’s go back a little in history. In the end of December, 2007 – we pressed the first brick – with The Liberator Prototype I. We got the first prototype into full operation by year-end 2008 – and pressed over 5000 bricks to build the workshop addition. In 2009, we were busy completing the CEB Prototype II and supporting equipment like the pulverizer-loader. Add the soil shaker in the last post, and we’ve got product.
This is our Thank You to the True Fans – who supported this work in development over this year. For others, this is motivation for subscribing to the 1000 True Fans – 1000 Global Villages campaign – for discounts on future products after the CEB press. Let’s just say – it will be a good return on investment.
At 9 bricks per minute demonstrated production rate using LifeTrac as a power source, this is about 3 times better than we predicted almost 2 years ago. The True Fans price is factor 10 reduction in price for comparable performance. We have a serious piece of equipment on our hands. We are now taking orders.
Who will be the first buyer?
This is a limited production run release – only 3 copies. We are currently going through fabrication optimization, in conjunction with the local fab shop – and the rest of the world. The value generated will be used to optimize production and work out the bugs. We’re far from a stable release. The fab shop says that it takes years for their products to stabilize – where none come back to the shop any more for repair. Will the price of the stable version be higher because it is guaranteed to work for many lifetimes over? Lower because the fabrication method is lean and optimized? You never know what turns out with open source economics.
We decided to sell kits as our enterprise strategy – since this is most consistent with the open source method of development. We also decided that the core strategy is eliminating scarcity – and transforming the economic system. The way to that is by optimizing production, via open source methods. This is the only way I conclude that has the capacity to bring optimal product – thereby bringing the economic playing field to a different level. I see true hope for post scarcity – the buck stops here and we’re committed to that.
Kits are inherently the lowest-cost option – as the user ends up putting in labor to put the product together. If the business model is completely open source – meaning that we publish the fabrication procedure and enterprise strategy as well – the playing field is flattened completely – and opened to non-monopoly – or free enterprise competition. This is our intent, because it is the only route I see to optimal production. Because the producer captures a lower fraction of product value, economic incentive to producers is lowered – thereby addressing the open source freeloader dilemma. Freeloading parasites – preying on the sweat of others to develop open source products – are demotivated. This is because in free enterprise, and I mean free enterprise – they then have to make an honest living by capturing the value of their labor, not the value of their competitive advantage. I think this actually works out beautifully for the open source, physical production business model – and implies a route to a post-scarcity economic system. That’s why we need to give the enterprise away. It’s good for the world.
We then, still, capture the value of our labor – and you get optimal product. That’s the name of this product release. The cash goes back 100% to further product development. If the product is good for the world, then everybody feels good.
There’s a number of questions, still. First, is license. It has to be defined. Then, it’s the open callaboration method. It needs to be developed. Moreover, it’s all the other items surrounding product release – documentation, training, OSE Specifications refinement, Proposal 2010.
On the license – that’s the main topic of this week’s OSE Global conference call. The call is at the usual time on Friday – 11 AM (GMT-6). See conference call policy and RSVP if you’d like to participate. We’re focusing on the product license- OSE Post Scarcity Enterprise license. We are considering a free download, with small royalty for anyone going for market production.
And, as always – this is only the beginning…