short NOTE: what we committed to at MADE in DC '94 (Larry Leifer)
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Date: Thu, 10 Feb 1994 23:02:23 -0800
To: Kevin Lyons <>, Pradeep Khosla <>,
        Peter F. Brown <>, Mike McGrath <mcgrath@ARPA.MIL>
From: (Larry Leifer)
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Subject: short NOTE:  what we committed to at MADE in DC '94
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congratulations on your program management appointment.  you've taken on a
solid challenge at a challenging time.  i sincerely hope that the MADE
"community" can make its light shine.  however impressive the demos and
presentations were to insiders, i fully endorse the need to communicate to
others, to the best of our ability, just what has been accomplished and the
magnitude of the vision to be realized.

i would like to briefly recount what i thought happened thursday afternoon.

0.      Tzero was 3:30pm, Thursday, February 10th (and counting)

1.      i believe that the community itself proposed and accepted  
        a challenge to design and manufacture an electromechanical
        assembly equivalent to the IRFPA brassboard.  the goal is to
        demonstrate, by example, the collaborative power of 
        the MADE community (people, tools and methods).  the 
        design-for-manufacture challenge is expected to have 
        "face validity" and relevance to other ARPA programs.
        i saw/heard a high degree of buy-in and a healthy dose
        of skepticism, just about right for moving vigorously

2.      the task is to be completed within the next 6 months.
3.      implementation will probably occur in three stages:

        1.  create a virtual enterprise out of the "community"
                (assume 2 months)

        2.  implement a design, build and test cycle
                (assume 2 months)

        3.  fully document and present the process and the content
            of this testbed experience (the 1992 PACT experiment
            is a model event)
                (assume 2 months)

4.      Larry Leifer and Rich Riesenfeld agreed to "coach"
        the endeavor with Stanford serving as the integration

5.      care will be taken to engage (or at least invite engagement)
        by all members of the MADE program (phase I and II)

6.      the MADEFAST experiment (coined name until a better one 
        comes along) may include people, technology and institutions
        outside MADE to the extent needed (but not expressly 

7.      by copy of this msg i am asking charles petrie to take
        charge of establishing and maintaining the MADEFAST WWW
        homepage at CDR (of course, this could change ....)


        1.      email addresses for all MADE PIs and/or project staff
                (some of what i have on the photocopy is not readable)
        2.      access to all possible IRFPA data (i'm assuming an IRFPA
                re-design scenario rather than a "from scratch" scenario,
                this is both more realistic and likely to achieve stronger
                face validity).
        3.      URLs for all MADE projects, MADE @ ARPA and MADE @ NIST,
                to the extent that these things exist, and/or as soon
                as they come on-line (I'm assuming that NIST and ARPA
                people are part of the MADEFAST TEAM)

        edits, corrections, extensions solicited,
        that was a rousing close to the meeting,
        we've got a chance,


PS:     corrections and extentions to the email distribution list
        will be particularly helpful