As a programmer it's been really hard to wean myself off of thinking in terms of global solutions. This, in comparison to building local or community technology.

Thinking this way can make things harder (now your tech needs need to scale to the world) and not useful (different people in different places have different needs).

This kind of blew my mind: like, you can just go and build a piece of tech and only give it to your friends & the immediate people it's helpful for. You don't *need* to design for The World. I think this kind of thinking is really important for breaking away from capitalistic modes of thinking.

@tty this makes me want to build a small device that will only group text a set group of like 14 people. You have to have a device to get on the message thread. No alternatives.

@abrahms @tty I think there's a slight mismatch between software and hardware here though, hardware at such a small scale would probably be very expensive in either time or money because you don't have the economy of scale. Software, however, is usually the same amount of code whether 1 or 1000 people use it


@xmakina @abrahms @tty even there with reasonably priced microcontrollers and easily available parts like buttons, LCDs, and sensors, it's surprisingly reasonable to build something tuned to your community's needs if hardware is the best option.

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