The power of one

The world economy may seem vast and impersonal. But take a closer look.

Processing power
Processing power
Dell manufacturing center, Austin
With the small movement of a buyer's index finger, a desktop computer appears on the doorstep - looking, from its surface, unmade by human hands. But that mouse click, in fact, directed a vast machinery of people, parts, and crisscrossing conveyers. The gigabytes come from Vanessa Wright, who installs the hard drive that will power this PC.

Photograph by Kristen Ashburn







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