Democratization and Disintermediation: Disruptive Technologies and the Future of Making Things

This blog is an excerpt of an article that is currently available in the Industrial Research Institute (IRI) November issue.

We live in a world of constant change, where new technologies are dramatically reshaping how we work and live. The most significant of these changes occur when new technologies unleash two powerful forces on an industry—democratization and disintermediation. The power of these two forces is fueled by the fundamental human desire to communicate, connect, create, and consume in a personalized manner. We have seen time and again how new technologies emerge without warning and gain momentum rapidly by empowering people as creators and consumers. Already the waves of democratization and disintermediation have transformed major industries – first computing, then publishing … read more

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