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Labour saving devices

An arbitrary list, mostly of things I don’t usually think of as labour-saving devices:

  • The washing machine (we must always start with the washing machine)
  • The knife
  • The blender / food processor
  • Paved roads and house numbers
  • The map
  • The written word: the note to self or other; the recipe; rules; good laws
  • A police force and professional army
  • Representative democracy
  • Folklore, fairytales and other stories
  • The television
  • The Rules of The Game
  • The scientific method
  • Photographic film
  • The factory system
  • The letterbox
  • Engines of all kinds
  • The hand cart
  • Pulleys, ratchets and winches
  • The house
  • The record/cassette/mp3 player
  • The (blog) content management system

… and as with all devices, their value is multiplied because they exist in a network.

I'd love to hear your thoughts and recommended resources...