TED Talks: Hans Rosling on the Magic Washing Machine

PHOTO: Hans Rosling speaks during Session 1: Overture in this Dec. 7, 2010 file photo at TEDWomen in Washington, DC.

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What was the greatest invention of the industrial revolution? Hans Rosling makes the case for the washing machine. With newly designed graphics from Gapminder, Rosling shows us the magic that pops up when economic growth and electricity turn a boring wash day into an intellectual day of reading.

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