The hidden layer underneath is what makes the contraption possible but revealing it also robs it of its intrigue and sophistication. Another way to look at it is to see the human hand under what is apparently a non-human experience. A human hand carries with it a critical piece of baggage that an impartial technological entity may not - politics. When the human hand is hidden from technology, it appears apolitical and impartial; often though, this is an illusion just as in the case with the mechanical turk. Below we will look at some examples where technologies that are showcased as disruptive and disconnected pieces are in-fact underpinned by traditional and centralized processes, which if they were to be made visible would cast the technology in a completely different light to users. 1. Post Industrial Maker Movement - 3D printers and associated technologies had promised to change manufacturing- decentralising and democratising an essential process of the modern economy. However, this never materialised and many would argue that the 3D printer hype is now well into decline. Looked at carefully, this is hardly surprising. 3D Printers were after all completely enmeshed in the industrial process they were meant to disrupt. While there were claims of 3D printers printing themselves, components of most printers including the frame, microchips, the plastic etc were largely products of the mainstream industrial processes.
Post Industrial Maker Movement
Traditional, Centralized Industrial Processes
A publication by UnBox in partnership with Mozilla's Open IoT Studio.