I sometimes find myself thinking about how what I am able to consume as a product, if it is the iPhone or the piece of cheese that I am eating for breakfast, how came to be in my hand or in my mouth. I also find myself trying the figure out what type of roles people and machines were involved in during this process. We have the idea that something handmade, human made always surpasses a product that is quickly produced by following a production line. I agree, but why is that the case?
I guess the reason machines were quickly involved and were behind the scenes helping out in production came to be because of how cheap on the long run it was. Handmade objects required more time, expertise and money, and the quality was not always standard, being affected by points of flaws or successes associated with a human. While some companies were able to retain the quality they originally possessed, most were affected by the easy money and missing the overlook and expertise of a human. And the occasional love and dedication added.
What I believe should happen is people should be able to not give up quality over quantity but also learn to work in coherence with machines. How will this happen? I believe it already is happening as people are starting to realise companies abusing the quantity aspect over quality. People are willing to pay a bit more for better cheese, “organic cheese”, “ancient seeds” and this is awesome.
What we should focus on now is how we can develop machines and develop methods which will produce near human results which will be completed by humans. I fail to take humans out of the equation as although machines can be more efficient and safe in certain procedures I certainly believe humans will and should be a part of the chain they built.
The Photo of the Day is the picture of a postcard they hand out when you ask to pay in a restaurant in Bebek, Istanbul. It really does make you feel special and the warm atmosphere is made just a bit warmer by the addition of something this human. Postcards are outdated technology wise, but I love what it reminds us of. Love and, HUMAN. We are human, we make mistakes, we achieve the previously unimaginable and we should be proud of it.
I also stumbled upon a semi-new addition to the chain that is the 3D printing which although publicised in the recent years has been benign developed apparently for decades now. We are so used to it, the products varied very quickly and cheap materials were developed over what was previously inaccessible to the common consumer. It is so interesting to see how we went OH 3D printing HOW FUTURE to, oh 3d printer, I have one too… oh well. Drones, electric cars and individual flight options, they will all end up like that. However, this is a part of the chain I believe as it clears way to new innovation and constant improvement.
From the bubble