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Dr Sarah Taber @SarahTaber_bww
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No switch. I work in ag & industrial process safety. That's what I talk about. Not product safety.

I talk a lot about poor worker safety in Tesla factories because Tesla is a relatable, contemporary, & classic case study of what NOT to do in manufacturing.
Tech industry is really good at thinking about *product* design.

It's terrible at thinking about *factory* design: how to make the human & mechanical elements of a build process play nice together.
Tech doesn't even realize that's a thing you *should* think about. The actual process of making things is a huge, gaping blind spot for tech industry.
In many ways this is a legacy of larger American business culture. The US was never good at building & running well-functioning manufacturing facilities.

There's an entire podcast about it here: soundcloud.com/farm-to-taber-…
This ineptitude-- NOT "high labor costs"-- led to outsourcing. American businesses design stuff, then ship the blueprints to China & it just magically appears.

Ergo, now we have a whole generation of US business leaders who've never dealt with manufacturing.
That tech/American blind spot on process design pops up in the oddest places.

For example, every time I tweet abut bad *manufacturing facility* design at Tesla, fanboys pop up to defend Tesla's *product* design. Which, again, is completely irrelevant to worker safety.
I didn't change the subject. You encountered something that was in a blind spot for you (manufacturing process design) & misread an entire very clear set of arguments as a result. You're not the first to do this, you won't be the last, let's all learn & move on.
Anyway, this is probably why the "maker culture" concept strikes me as so aggressively stupid. Wow yes let's take the earth's top demographic for cluelessness on building things and build a whole subculture on the idea that they're great on it

hard pass
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