Exponential growth kind of looks like a hockey stick. When you pass the horizontal part and start to go vertical it’s called ‘turning the corner.’
Open Source Ecology started out as basically one ex-fusion-PHD on a farm. His experiences on the farm turned into a dream. That dream is turning the corner.
Read this blog post for an explanation.
I think Marcin said it’s been about seven years since he started working on developing his vision for OSE. Now he’s actually got enough money and support to build a structure capable of open sourcing the entire industrial and agricultural infrastructure the world depends on. There’s a long way to go, no doubt about it, but things seem to be on the right track. I particularly like that he is moving away from the “ask people for money” paradigm so OSE can focus on the “earn money” paradigm.
If open source hardware is going to prove itself then it’s going to be in the marketplace. The most successful open source projects, things like Linux and Arduino and Makerbot, are all successful specifically because they can pay their own way forwards.