"Surplus energy" economics and the decline of the automated car wash
April 10, 2019 6:58 PM Subscribe
"In the early 2000s, automated car washes were a common add-on service to tens of thousands of filling stations around the UK. Today only a fraction of them survive. In their place there has been a quiet regression to a far more primitive service – tens of thousands of hand car wash services have mushroomed across the British Isles." How falling surplus energy and labour exploitation have led to an unexpected regression in technological complexity – according to Tim Watkins – and what it might mean for the future.
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