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Inventor’s rewards: angry mobs, exile.

January 18, 2013 • Business


ADVANCE FOR RELEASE UNTIL 12:01 a.m. EST, FRIDAY, JAN 25, 2013. THIS PHOTO MAY NOT BE POSTED ONLINE, BROADCAST OR PUBLISHED BEFORE 12:01 a.m. FRIDAY, JAN 25, 2013- This publicly distributed illustration from 1812 shows the leader of the Luddites. For every clever man who invents a labor-saving machine, it seems a crowd of angry men rises up to destroy it. The most famous of the machine haters were the Luddites, the skilled weavers of England who, in 1811, began smashing power looms that were threatening to take their jobs. Their name became a byword for technophobes ever after, but they were neither the first nor the most violent (AP Photo)

NEW YORK (AP) — For every clever man who invents a labor-saving machine, it seems a crowd of angry men rises up to destroy it.

The most famous of the machine haters were the Luddites, the skilled weavers of England who, in 1811, began smashing power looms that were threatening to take their jobs. Their name became a byword for technophobes ever after, but they were neither the first nor the most violent.

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