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Not a “dastardly invention”

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From The Phonetic Journal, June 4, 1892 —

© 2019 – 2018, Mark Adams. All rights reserved.

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  • Bill M September 16, 2019, 8:42 pm

    Those dastardly inventions actually increased employment, and now give us collectors an abundance of neat machines to collect and use. Our new electronics gadgets are lucky to work in 10 years, and many typewriters are still going strong at 100 or more years old. Oh, and those old power looms? Doubt many century old ones are still in operation.

    • Mark Adams September 16, 2019, 10:39 pm

      I will note that my Mac SE from 1989 still works, but that is certainly an exception.

      • T. Munk September 17, 2019, 4:28 pm

        gonna need to re-cap soon, though. getting about time that those’ll start leaking all over the board and destroying traces.

  • mcfeats September 16, 2019, 10:13 pm

    Much food for thought here, but I worry about all the truck and taxi drivers—and all of the service workers—who are about to be replaced by smart automation. This transformation of labor has no precedent. If I were a student right now, I would be studying robotics. Round and round we go.

    • Mark Adams September 16, 2019, 10:38 pm

      Yes, unlike in previous times, automation might utterly replace people in certain fields. I wonder, though, if other opportunities might arise. Last night, my Roomba and Bravo worked steadily, cleaning the floors. This freed me to work on other tasks. I wonder if the same effect may take place in the workforce.

      • mcfeats September 16, 2019, 11:00 pm

        Hm. I just vacuumed my home, which tuckered me out. To think that I could have been typing!

  • mcfeats September 16, 2019, 10:16 pm

    P.S. Would you mind if I copied the image of the article and posted about it for my own use? I think I’d like to use this in the classroom, too.

    • Mark Adams September 16, 2019, 10:32 pm

      Not a problem, most of these clippings are in the public domain and are shared freely.

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