What’s better – a car, computer or watch ?

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A watch computer an carThere was a story doing the rounds a number of years ago, in which Bill Gates was supposed to have compared the computer industry with the Auto industry. He said:

If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25.00 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon.

In response, General motors issued a press release:

If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics:
1. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash twice a day.
2. Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to buy a new car.
3. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason. You would have to pull over to the side of the road, close all of the windows, shut off the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could continue. For some reason you would simply accept this.
4. Occasionally, executing a manoeuvre such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.
5. The airbag system would ask “Are you sure?” before deploying.
6. Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.
7. Every time GM introduced a new car, car buyers would have to learn to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.
8. You’d have to press the “Start” button to turn the engine off.”

(Number 8 is true now in a number of cars !)

While this is an amusing comparison, and you could argue that it is not comparing like with like, I’d like to add the amazing technology of a watch into the argument :-

1. A car does on average 150,000 miles in 10 years, and it’s wheels make 120 million revolutions
   a. The balance wheel in a watch does this in just 9 months !
2. A car is not in constant use, yet it is serviced on average once a year.
    a. A watch works 24/7 and the average service interval is every 4 years !
3. The heart of a watch is the hairspring, which as the name suggests is incredibly thin (it can be 15/1000 of a mm) and is in the shape of a coil. It beats one and half million times a week. This is an incredibly precise component – if an error of 1/1000 of a second occurs in the action, the variation over 1 day would be 14 minutes !

What’s better – a car, computer or watch ? was last modified: May 16th, 2017 by Admin