"The Permafacture institute is dedicated to the development of tools for a post-industrial world. The design of these tools is informed by the historical project of technology in general: The aleviation of misery, the redcution of toil and an increase in the productive capacity of free individuals.
These tools begin as simple tools, but not primative ones. They are tools, developed with the knowledge gathered during the industrial revolution, but used by individuals in thier own lives on a scale that does not tower over them. They are technologies used in proximity to where the tool wielders and makers eat and sleep and the 'wastes' of each process are mostly benign, becoming feedstock for the next process as much as possible." (http://www.permafacture.org/)
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