Interesting article from Wired.com, part of their six trends that are changing the world.
First, steam power replaced muscle power and launched
the Industrial Revolution. Then Henry Ford’s assembly line, along with
advances in steel and plastic, ushered in the Second Industrial
Revolution. Next came silicon and the Information Age. Each era was
fueled by a faster, cheaper, and more widely available method of
production that kicked efficiency to the next level and transformed the