As the Assistant Secretary of Buddhist Society, I had to photostat
copies of the last meeting minutes for distribution. I walked across
the street to the Services Building, where there is a small printing
shop. As I stood there observing the machine, I'm amazed at how much
manual work has been taken over by automation. Gone were the days when
workers had to photostat multiple copies of a page, then replace it
with the following page, and then having to manually sort it out after
it is done.
Now, all workers have to do is to place the whole stack of the
original on top and key in the number of copies needed. The machine
will sort out the pages in order, and put each copy into its own slot.
When finished, it will push out the upper left corner of the copies to
allow easy retrieval and stapling.
I know it's not new technology, but when we stop and observe how much
machines have done for us, it's surprising that there isn't a Machine
Day. Or is there?