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Luddites and the effects of automation

There is a general doubt whether it has been Ludd himself to found this movement. Some sources talk about a person with a weak mind that has been used by others to serve as a front. Other sources speak of a person that had a big sympathy with the people. But this will never be clarified.
We must not forget that in this period most of the work still is menial work, meaning a lot of workers, and that the introduction of machines was just downright threatening every workers' existence.
Even now Luddites are amongst us. Persons that are against automation for fear of losing jobs. Off course thousands of jobs will be lost. But again new jobs will emerge just because of automation.
The difference is that the blue collar jobs will be lost and white collar jobs will be more in demand. It is justified for the former to be afraid of loosing their jobs. And re-education is not for all of them the way to get a job in the new type of jobs emerging. So many of them will stay jobless unless economy will be booming again.
Many people think this problem has to solve itself because governments are not capable to cope with the problem of huge unemployment caused by the process of automating production processes.
And thus workers will rise in protest, sometime causing riots. And these riots will be crushed (by any government at all) with much unneeded violence.
At the end of the 1990's this kind of problems will shift to the less developed countries  but not so, in social view, catastrophically since production facilities are not that dense as in the industrialized countries. Still many companies transplant their labor intensive production facilities to countries were labor is cheap and abundant.
Sometimes with violent reactions from the populations involved, sometimes in a laisse fair, but most of the times out of sheer economical need.
It will take another few decades before the underdeveloped countries become developed themselves. Like then the world will have a big problem to solve, and the answer is off course Robots. Still being very expensive in 2000 but later when more intelligence is built into those it will be the solution to most social problems.

But with the era we are dealing here this kind of problems will not occur for another century to come.


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