ATOMS ARE THE NEW BITS

From WIRED Mag:

If the past 10 years have been about discovering post-institutional social models on the Web, then the next 10 years will be about applying them to the real world. Transformative change happens when industries democratize...The internet democratized publishing, broadcasting, and communications...now the same thing is happening to manufacturing.

We've seen this picture before: It's what happens just before monolithic industries fragment in the face of countless small entrants, from the music industry to newspapers. Lower the barriers to entry and the crowd pours in.