Bodies are incredibly complex organisms that often defy comprehension, but in the world of 'Homo Machina', a new mobile game from publisher ARTE, the body performs in a perfectly predictable and understandable manner. The game casts players as the operators and laborers who run the industrial machinery of the human body, controlling a vast array of dials, levers, and gears to run everything that a macro man does throughout the course of a day.
Biology and industry are often framed as being at odds with one another, but there's a certain potency to the image of the body as an industrial system. That metaphor was explicitly made by Fritz Kahn, a science writer who's work Homo Machina is based off of. In the early 20th century, Kahn created illustrations to show the inner working of the human body, using cartoon's based on industry to make his points clearer.