As someone who’s grown up immersed in technology, it’s easy to take the innovations of the last few centuries for granted. I mean, we get frustrated if we don’t have communication for a couple of minutes, whereas a century ago many people would be happy to hear from their relations a few times per year. Not only has communication grown exponentially—particularly with the advent of the internet—but so has the quality of our products.
Thanks to precision machining, manufacturers can mass-produce millions of tiny parts that work in conjunction flawlessly. From the tiny screws and microprocessors that go into your cellphone and laptop to the massive beams and steel plating used to construct immense edifices, everything around us is meticulously designed. And what’s even more amazing—in my opinion at least—is that many of us now take these amazing feats of design and engineering for granted