The Robot

In a developing country, a company that had previously specialized in manufacturing and operating heavy equipment began investing in research and development on robots. The executives planned to first use the technology to enhance their own manufacturing, and from there to produce and market these robots to other companies, creating a new revenue stream.

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The Race Cars

In a highly publicized automobile race, only two contestants would compete for the prize. The drivers held comparable, even virtually identical, records. The cars themselves were the same make and model and were bespoke for their drives specifically for that race.

However, all of the publicity showcased only one of the cars and its driver. All wagers were placed on them, and all sports network interviews focused on this driver.

A casual and somewhat confused observer pointed out that the only difference between the two vehicles was the paint job. The car receiving all the attention had a bright color and a thin stripe along each side. The other car bore a different color with no stripes.

The outcome of the race?

A tie.


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The Pure Stream

From a mountain lake flowed two streams. One took a natural course down the slope, tumbling quickly through a ravine. It picked up sediment from its bed and gradually turned murkier as it went. Hundreds of feet below, it spilled into another basin to form a second lake. This lake’s surface had a flat, opaque appearance, hardly penetrated by light. Thin, stunted shrubs dotted the lake’s edge.

The other stream flowed up the mountain. The water moved slowly as if purposely fighting gravity and deliberately picking its way upward. It slipped over pebbles and dirt, leaving all debris where it lay; sunlight and moonlight by turns sparkled from its clear surface. Near the top of the mountain, this stream flowed through a tunnel into a hollow. Within the hollow spread a natural garden full of grasses, flowers of all imaginable hues, thick bushes, and towering trees, all fed by the pure water.


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