8 Situations Where A Tiny Difference Can Change The World

One percent may seem like a little, but the change it can make is actually a lot. GE is using the Industrial Internet to build smarter jet engines, locomotives, and everything in-between. Just a 1% operating improvement across these technologies could save us billions of dollars. Here’s eight other ways that a 1% improvement could change our lives for the better.

1. The average New York spends 36 hours a year waiting for delayed trains.

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If trains were 1% more efficient, we’d have 1.3 million more hours to spend taking selfies.

2. The average American spends 119 hours a year waiting in line.

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If lines were 1% more efficient, we’d have 37 billion more hours to watch cats explore boxes.

3. The average American spends 14 hours a year sitting in traffic.

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If traffic lights were 1% more efficient, we could spend 4.2 billion more hours researching photos of baby sloths.

4. The average American spends 13 hours a years sending emails

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If email were 1% more efficient, we’d have 39 million more hours to try and restore Homo ecce.

5. The average American spends 20 minutes a year waiting for delayed flights

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If flights were 1% more efficient, we’d have 1 million more hours to spend trying to make Grumpy Cat happy.

6. The average American spends 262 hours a year shopping.

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If stores were 1% more efficient, we’d have 815 more hours to look at cool dog pics.

7. The average American spends 149 hours a year cooking meals.

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If cooking were 1% more efficient, we’d have 463 more hours to nap.

8. The average American spends 62 hours a year doing laundry

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If laundry machines were 1% more efficient, we’d have 193 more hours to play our favorite music.

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