Automatic Telephony and Teletyping


    IT may be doubted whether the present generation works harder than the last, but, at any rate, it works at a much higher speed, and all kinds of devices are used to accelerate its rate of working. Whether this movement is altogether for the ultimate benefit of the human race is a moot question, but that it exists every one knows who has had experience of modern business methods: The incentive is the increase of profits that comes from doing an increased volume of work in a given time, by the aid of machinery. Speed and haste have very different meanings, and if the quality of the work does not suffer by the higher rate at which it is done, then the increase is beneficial, especially when it increases the time of the worker for exercise and recreation.

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    Automatic Telephony and Teletyping. Nature 115, 103–104 (1925).

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