The Magic Hammer.

Imagine a special tool that can build any other tool you need. We’ll call it a Magic Hammer. It’s not really a hammer, of course. But there’s not really any tool like it, so there’s nothing more accurate to call it. You don’t understand how it works, but you don’t need to. All you know is that when you bang away at some material, slowly another tool, the tool you need, begins to form.

You’re in the forest and want to cut down a tree. All you have is your Magic Hammer. You begin to bang away and a while later there is a saw. You begin to saw away at the tree. This is a difficult task. If you’ve ever tried to cut down a christmas tree, you know how daunting even a small trunk can be to cleave.

After some time you grow weary, look at the forest and decided you need a better tool. You grab your Magic Hammer again and begin to pound away until a new tool emerges. This new tool is a machine you can hold, that will rapidly move the saw back and forth for you. Although it isn’t a jig saw, it isn’t entirely unlike it. When you take apart the cycling machine you can guess at how some of it works, but not most of it. You feel confident though that a professional would be able to understand the machineries workings, nothing magic about the new tool. As you investigate deeper you can tell there are unnecessary parts of the tool. Malignant design choices that have no need to complete the current task. Why did the Magic Hammer build it this way? Was it you who lead to poor design choices or the Hammer? It doesn’t mater in the end, the tool greatly improves your productivity and although you could have paid for a tool specific for your task, this only cost you a bit of time and the materials lying freely around you.

You decide to carry on with your task of cutting down the forest. After the first tree come down you realize a news set of problems. First you have many trees to cut down, and although your tool is very effective at cutting down one tree at a time, if you could down many in parallel, it would greatly reduce the necessary time. Also, You’ve cut down the first tree, but you’re hardly done with it, how are you going to get them to the wood mill for further processing?

You pick up your Magic Hammer, smile and begin to pound away at the next set of problems.

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