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

Power

Processing

Precision

Pricing

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Persuasion

Willpower
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