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Thread #29381   Message #372340
Posted By: sophocleese
10-Jan-01 - 03:14 PM
Thread Name: BS: gas prices
Subject: RE: BS: gas prices
Well last night my Dad gave me this quote which I thought could slip into this discussion.

Today's car differs from those of the immediate post war years on a number of counts. It is cheaper, allowing for the ravages of inflation, and it is more economical and efficient....But suppose for a moment that the automobile industry had developed at the same rate as computers and over the same period: how much cheaper and more efficient would the current models be? If you have not already heard the analogy the answer is shattering. Today you would be able to buy a Rolls Royce for 1.35(pounds), it would do three million miles to the gallon, and it would deliver enough power to drive the Queen Elizabeth II. And if youwere interested in miniaturization, you could place half a dozen of them on a pinhead.

The Mighty Micro (1979)