Manufacturing: the unseen underground economy
Posted by Bert Maes on October 7, 2011
“In 1850, a decade before the Civil War, the United States’ economy was small — it wasn’t much bigger than Italy’s. Forty years later, it was the largest economy in the world. What happened in between was (…) the rise of steel and manufacturing — and the economy was never the same,” says W. Brian Arthur, an economist and technology thinker.
Since ages manufacturing is quietly, for many people unnoticeably, transforming the economy.
Manufacturing is silent, invisible and unseen.
Much like the root system for aspen trees, Arthur observes. “For every acre of aspen trees above the ground, there’s about ten miles of roots underneath, all interconnected with one another, “communicating” with each other.”
The observable physical world of aspen trees hides an unseen underground root system.
Just like trees, CNC machine tools are creating for us — slowly, quietly, and steadily — a different world.
Think about this: the success of Steve Jobs was based on CNC manufacturing machines, based on the invisible roots undergound: Apple puts CNC Machining Front and Center.