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"it would have taxed the resources of his kingdom to have fashioned the thousands of parts for a single car"

"Had a Pharaoh been given detailed and explicit designs of an automobile, and had he understood them completely, it would have taxed the resources of his kingdom to have fashioned the thousands of parts for a single car, and that car would have broken down on the first trip to Giza.

"Machines with interchangeable parts can now be constructed with great economy of effort... the thermionic tube of radio sets, is made by the hundred million, tossed about in packages, plugged into sockets - and it works! Its gossamer parts, the precise location and alignment involved in its construction, would have occupied a master craftsman of the guild for months; now it is built for thirty cents."

--Vannevar Bush, 1945