science 4 Dirty Jobs | Technologies of Marginal Occupations (mass…
science 4 Dirty Jobs | Technologies of Marginal Occupations
mass production - production on an assembly line
Initially, many products were made by hand, an individual assigned to a certain product who would oversee its production from start to finish. As a result, production costs were high and the efficiency of factories was limited.
then Henry Ford did popularise the assembly line, and Ransom Eli Olds who actually implemented it first in his car factories (though Ford did later add the conveyor belt, making him take the credit for a moving assembly line)
does modern society’s interest in manufactured products mean we respect those who manufacture them more than ever?
We put barely any respect on the people who create our products: we would rather respect a businessman (or woman!) who designed the product
the thousands of employees who work day in day out to assemble those products in packed, noisy and fairly tedious conditions.
do newer technologies make manufacturing jobs less “dirty” but also less valued?
Newer technologies can make manufacturing jobs less “dirty” and also less valued, one of the greatest fears many people have is the rise of artificial intelligence and the amount of “dirty” jobs they’ll takeover as well as devalue when they do come online en masse (robot apocalypse anyone?).
In the context of industry, what is a “prime mover
is an initial mechanical or natural source of motive power (literally what causes movement in any mechanisms). F
glorify high-profile technologies and those who develop them—but we spend less time considering the less glamorous technologies and those who need to work with them.
pest control industry and the technologies
or do they create an artificial world order centered on unhealthy and unsustainable food production?
GMO products - genetically modified products
unfairly criticize traditional chemical pesticides for their impact on human health
don’t unfairly criticize traditional chemical pesticides for their health hazards and the temporary world order they’ve created, but it is the sad byproduct of relying on nature to kill nature
ants to weasels and rats.
need constant innovation
latest invention - the Photonic Fence. A structure based around a targeting system that identifies hostile pests to a certain crop species and fires a concentrated laser to neutralise the threat
waste disposal and treatment.
But also consider
how the legacy of older technologies can still affect us today
—in this case, leaving millions of Moscow residents without running hot water every summer.
the world of high-tech toilets, trenchless sewers, and even paper towel dispensers, including new models in China that use facial recognition to limit how much you take.
and what are some of the latest innovations in the industry?
how does plumbing work,
what are some of the technologies we think the least about but rely upon the most?
From the electricity stations which distribute power to our houses (not to mention make it safe for humans) and the invisible water pipes which heat up and transfer our water to where it’s needed, the hidden enabling technologies are the ones who’ll never get noticed until they break down.
For every computer programmer, there is an electrician who makes it possible to plug that computer into a wall.