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    The power of connecting up previously dumb objects

    Dear friends,

    I'm reading and translating a text about smart products and smart makers from the Economist. Here is the link:

    http://www.economist.com/news/busine...-new-one-which

    "The power of connecting up previously dumb objects is most obvious in stock-keeping and supply-chain management."

    I don't completely understand the verb "connect up" because of "up" and I don't understand "dumb objects". Probably "dumb objects" means non-smart objects and this might be a contradiction since I'm reading the text about smart products.

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    Re: The power of connecting up previously dumb objects

    Connect up means the same thing as connect. The Economist's copy editor missed a chance to save a word.

    Note that the text says previously dumb (i.e., not smart) objects. This means that more and more objects are becoming smart.
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    Re: The power of connecting up previously dumb objects

    The Economist copy editor who let an unnecessary word slip through will be condemned to half an eternity in Purgatory.
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    Re: The power of connecting up previously dumb objects

    For example, we now have smart phones- not so many years ago, we only had dumb ones that couldn't do much.

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