Friday, December 2, 2016

Divide history by information technology

I always done it that way.

  • Gutenberg press
  • steam powered rotary press
  • telegraph
  • telephone
  • digital
  • singularity 1.0

Historians miss the steam powered rotary press.  That is what standardized industrial process and made supply chains jump in efficiency.  The telegraph was a complement to the rails and allowed advanced warning for inventory flows, another jump in efficiency.

The whole sequence, it was all about reducing volatility in inventory flow, a move to just in time production.

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