TIL that when Henry Ford explained his idea of a gasoline powered car to Thomas Edison, Edison encouraged Ford that he "had it". Ford claimed later that "No man up to then had given me any encouragement".

TIL that when Henry Ford explained his idea of a gasoline powered car to Thomas Edison, Edison en...

Ford's "idea" was a concept that had been proven in Europe already. In fact, the same year Benz started large scale production of gasoline powered cars.

No no, he isn't claiming to have invented the car. He was the one who introduced mass production.

Before Ford, the only major industry using mass production was the meat industry. His idea was to produce cars a lot like how poultry factories produced chicken. On a production line with the workers staying in place, with the product moving instead.

Before Ford, every vehicle was custom made by hand and cost more than most homes.

Mass production sounds obvious to us today, but people ridiculed him at the time.

"Although automobiles had already existed for decades, they were still mostly scarce and expensive at the Model T's introduction in 1908. Positioned as reliable, easily maintained mass market transportation, it was a runaway success. In a matter of days after the release, 15,000 orders were placed.[12]"

I'm working on a few things related to water purification and water production for farms in desert regions, and people behave like I'm crazy when I tell them I think I can change something.

And I'm only talking about using existing technologies combined in different forms. I can actually demonstrate different parts of the design separately, yet people act like I must be crazy.

Trying to invent or improve things is a nightmare sometimes.

Edit:Thanks for all the encouragement!

Did I get here in time to reap sweet sweet karma by trash talking Edison?

You are correct that the idea of the assembly line was adopted from the disassembly lines in the meat industry, but this idea was presented to Ford by one of his employees. It was not "His idea" from the onset. I'm not denying Ford's rightful place in automotive / industrial history just trying to keep the details of that history right.

muhh tesla

Well, I didn't say he invented it.

He "introduced" it. Just as Elon Musk didn't invent the electric car. He introduced the first practical mass produced electric car.

I think you have never driven an antique tractor. Imagine an antique car with only one gear, no suspension, crappy / no brakes, solid rubber/steel wheels, no cab/roof, a steel seat, no electricity whatsoever, and horrible fuel efficiency. Ohhh and torque, neck vertibrea crushing torque!

The roads were crowded with horses and pedestrians.

Weren't there quite a few tractors before the model T? Why were they more common than cars?

You have it

-- Thomas Edison

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You don't need me to tell you but keep at it.

ITT: People in this thread sweating... Do I downvote this because Ford/Edison hate circlejerk or do I upvote this because Musk idolize circlejerk?

Sorry, necrophilia isn't my thing.

You can say that again. I'm wet just reading about it

"At Ford Motor Company, the assembly line concept appears to have been introduced by William "Pa" Klann upon his return from visiting Swift & Company's slaughterhouse in Chicago and viewing what was referred to as the "disassembly line", where carcasses were butchered as they moved along a conveyor. The efficiency of one person removing the same piece over and over without himself moving caught his attention. He reported the idea to Peter E. Martin, soon to be head of Ford production, who was doubtful at the time but encouraged him to proceed. Others at Ford have claimed to have put the idea forth to Henry Ford, but Pa Klann's slaughterhouse revelation is well documented in the archives at the Henry Ford Museum"


That's how you know it's a great idea. Everybody shits on it.

True story.

I went to a high school in Ohio in a farm community. I was sitting at a party my senior year while the guy next to me tried to impress a girl by telling her about the tractor his family had just purchased. That was the moment I realized I had to get out of there.

Farm boy still had way more game than me.

Keep working on those things. Try stuff. Fail. Try something different. Repeat until success.

"Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety nine percent perspiration."

-- Thomas Edison