The invention of the Steam Loom completely revolutionized the way that cloth items are made. Because of its efficiency, it quickly replaced the Hand Loom by its rapid ability to make cloth. This came to benefit society by its ability to greatly increase the output of goods produced, making it easier to meet consumer needs. This can also be seen as a negative effect on local economies. Since the Steam Looms replaced people, this put many people out of work. The advent of the Steam Loom also changed working environments from cottages into factories, allowing a more efficient way of processing cotton and turning it into cloth all under one roof. Article 1, Question 2
I can imagine that the hope for new technology in the future was very optimistic. As stated in the article “every improvement that is made is the foundation of another”. Improvements will continually be made, not only on the Steam Loom, but in other areas of technology. Many people also feared that jobs would be taken by newer technologies and inventions. This led to violent protests against machinery. Article 1, Question 3
Technology and machinery has come a long way in the past 200 years. It’s almost ridiculous the technology that we have now, compared to what it used to be even 20 years ago. The hopes for technology that people may have had in the past have surely been exceeded, and the fear is no longer valid. Technology has opened up a whole new avenue of jobs and opportunities for people. People have adapted to the daily use of technology.
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In the article it describes the factory workers as being young adults, most being under the age of twenty. The manufacturers sought for further improvement of new technologies like the Steam Loom to make producing goods more efficient. Article 1, Question 5
The Enlightenment ideas played a part in the desire to further technology. It gave people the confidence to try and better...