Essay Analysis Of George Stephenson 's ' Machines '

805 Words Aug 26th, 2016 4 Pages
When Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin, he pictured increased profits and decreased labor. In fact, when an inventor creates technology or machines that would decrease labor, they usually keep in mind the amount of money they could make with the machine. This era of industry has turned our mind to inventing only when in need of profit. For instance, Thomas Edison invented the light bulb; however, he not only decreased the amount of wax that was used for candles but also increased the unemployment rates of candle makers. This may not seem significant now, but, at the time, some hated Edison for his idea. As W.H. Auden wrote, “Machines are beneficial to the degree that they eliminate the need for labor, harmful to the degree that they eliminate the need for skill.” This aptly summarizes the last couple of centuries when machines took over the workplace of many around the world. In the light of these few historical inventions that replaced workers, one could think about the more recent inventions. When George Stephenson completed the first steam engine train in 1814, he dreamed of connecting places that seemed too far away at the time. Unfortunately, he also didn’t think of many workers who were used to running to and from places in order to make profits. In addition, when Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876, he too imagined people conversing over long distances; however, this reduced the amount of telegraphs that were being used which meant that all of the…

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