Today's makers are the continuation of that spirit. With the widespread availability of cheap, single board computers, like Arduino, Raspberry PI, BeagleBone, and the (coming) "$9" CHIP, computer control of your projects becomes much easier than when you needed to program a standalone PC. Add 3D printing, home CNC machines and more, and you get the new industrial revolution. The projects are impossible to pigeonhole. At one moment someone is putting colored LEDs everywhere; the next moment someone else is making CNC egg coloring robots. Maybe that's not your thing, it's mostly not mine, but we have more in common than not.
To borrow a closing from electronics trade magazine EDN:
Humans are genetically wired to be makers. The maker movement is simply the result of making powerful building and communication tools accessible to the masses. It is a grassroots subculture that is enabling engineering innovation on a global scale. By democratizing the product development process, helping these developments get to market, and transforming the way we educate the next generation of innovators, we will usher in the next industrial revolution. The world is ours to make.