In the previous parts of this blog posts I discussed the shortcomings of an established ontological model of technical artefacts and presented an alternative model that is grounded in phenomenology. The new model rectifies these shortcomings, but, at the end of a very protracted discourse that stretched over four blog posts and seemingly minor adjustments to the original model, one is left to wonder whether pondering the issue “what is a technical artefact?” actually is worthwhile entertaining. The established model, with its basis in an essentialist interpretation of the world, has some shortcomings, and I do bother about these shortcomings because I am interested in utile models of “things” in the Internet of Things. However, does this imply that you should bother?
In this last and final instalment of this blog-post series I provide my arguments for why I think you actually should bother.