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IMAGINE 1: Fabricating the Future in 2020

"...and how was soccer today?" I ask my daughter Mavis. Before the question has finished, however, she's disappeared from view. All that's left showing on the screen in my hand is the couch and her teddy Wilbur.

She reappears with an iceblock, and with stern words in her grandmother's voice in the background she focuses her attention back on me. "Soccer was fine dad. We lost again, but we lost awesomely."

"Josh!" This time the voice is coming from behind me, not out of the device in my hand. "Just a minute!" I call back out the door of the container.

"Okay," I say - now my turn to bring attention back to the video call. "Tell granny and granddad I love them, and that your mum and I should both be back on Wednesday."

"Bye Dad!" She smooches at the screen at waves. I wave back and shut down the call.

I move to the container doors and swing them fully open, stepping out into the heat of a Queensland Australian summer. In every direction are tents and Hexayurt shelters, and the Pacific's most recent climate refugees moving between them.

"Are we good to go?" I call out to Richard on the roof of the second container, as he tapes down the last few wires from the solar panels.

"Looks like it," he replied, "the batteries are all reading at full charge - lets fire everything up and see how it all holds up."

I step back inside the fabrication container and start up the machines one by one. two CNC routers, Laser Cutter, Signcutter and four 3D Printers. Lastly the two laptops which control them all.

It was the standard Fab Lab / Ponoko Remote Fabrication Station, and I'd lost count of how many of them we'd connected into the Digital Making Network. It had been ages since I'd helped set one up on site, but these latest series of storms had seen our RFS team stretched to their limits.

Richard stepped into the container and stood beside me. "Looks like we're good to go".

"Sure does," I replied. "The volunteers should be arriving shortly to set up the Web Kiosks - we better start making them."

As we headed over to the Materials container, my handheld vibrated in my pocket. I pulled it out and looked to Richard. "Looks like I might not be able to help with those Kiosks after all - you reckon you'll be okay?"

"It'll be sweet as mate, there will be plenty of help soon enough," he said with a smile. "I'll start the training on the machines early."

As Richard climbed inside the materials container I raised the device to my ear. "This is Maker."

"It's Alchemy. We have a situation in Tokyo..."

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Comment by Chelsea Howe on February 15, 2010 at 3:58pm
"But we lost awesomely" was my favorite part of an awesomely imagined Josh Judkins future :)
Comment by Yemisi Ajumobi on February 16, 2010 at 11:13am
Haha this was entertaining and really creative..one power vote for creativity coming up for Josh. Thanks for the education on Hexayurt shelters (it's amazing how much stuff I'm learning from Evoke).
p.s I like your daughter's name Mavis
Comment by Josh Judkins on February 28, 2010 at 10:30am
Thanks for the comments Chelsea & Yemisi!
Comment by Felipe Santiago Martinez II on March 4, 2010 at 4:24pm
A wonderful glimpse into the future, here's to "Losing Awesomely".
Comment by Josh Judkins on March 4, 2010 at 8:26pm
Thanks Felipe! =)
Comment by Elizabeth Merritt on March 5, 2010 at 2:00am
But I want a remote fabrication station NOW. Hmmm, that might be doable...I hear 3-D printers are about to get a wh*** lot cheaper.
Comment by Josh Judkins on March 5, 2010 at 2:48am
Well, everything required for that remote fabrication station actually already exists - but from what I've seen it'll take another 5 years for them to start being used like that...
Comment by Amos Meeks on March 6, 2010 at 4:36am
I love fablabs and fabrication in general, and your storytelling style is great.
Comment by John D. Boyden on March 6, 2010 at 5:59pm
You and mita are good story tellers lol I think I'll do an imagine2 :D Excellent links! love the hexayurt, will explore that more. +1 creativity
Comment by Deborah Cazden on March 6, 2010 at 6:14pm
Beautifully written! Can't wait to hear what you have planned to help Tokyo!

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