Machines have more than proven their self-worth among manufacturers of the modern age. While I may not be old enough to remember a time where computers were large enough to fill a room—much less when a lifetime of manual labor was more common than desk-bound day jobs—I've been reminded time and time again about my parents' take on the good old days. You know, the ones where employees were forced to get really good (and über efficient) at the jobs they held instead of relying on machines to do the quick work. There are still a few gems in the mix of people who continue to smash the tortoise-hare logic of "slow and steady wins the race" into microscopic bits, whether or not there's a machine available to do the work for them. Here are a few videos of people doing just that for your afternoon viewing pleasure:
While there might never really be a commercial need (or any, for that matter) to dismantle a Jeep and then put it back together again in the span of four minutes, it's way too entertaining to not share:
Mind-blowing videos, aside, it's always exciting to find new uses for machines to speed up tasks that could stand to go a little more smoothly. Case and point:
Of course—as with any other mesmerizing genre—there's a "Fast Workers" sub-Reddit where you can find your fill of lifehacks and people doing things crazy quick. I know I didn't catch even a small portion of the incredible human trick videos that are out there, so share your favorite(s) in the comments.
Via Metafilter and Reddit