“A new digital revolution is coming, this time in fabrication. It draws on the same insights that led to the earlier digitizations of communication and computation, but now what is being programmed is the physical world rather than the virtual one. Digital fabrication will allow individuals to design and produce tangible objects on demand, wherever and whenever they need them. Widespread access to these technologies will challenge traditional models of business, foreign aid, and education.”
Chinese policymakers are no longer satisfied with the country’s position as the world’s manufacturer. Their solution is to break Beijing’s dependence on foreign technology, moving from a model of “made in China” to one of “innovated in China.