The Making Of An Everyday Object In A High-Tech World

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Christopher Mims’ Arriving Today is a book that takes us through the life of a USB cable, starting from its production and ending at its delivery to the customer. Although Arriving Today explores this journey in modern times, it is quite similar in concept to Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations, published in 1776. Both books focus on the hardships of the workers involved in production, especially the repetitive nature of their work. They both note that excessive repetition leaves workers with limited energy to think. Read full article here

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