How Did Technological Improvement Help Expand Slavery
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Recent developments have made it possible to connect with anyone anywhere at any time via technology, which has allowed for new ways to do business and streamline how we live our lives.
However, this easy access also allows people to keep in touch even when they are miles away, or even across continents. This is important because while advanced technologies can make doing things easier, they also expose more parts of the world to what goes on inside these gadgets.
It is impossible to underestimate just how powerful social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are as tools to spread messages and influence others. When used properly, they can be instruments for good that promote understanding, peace, and friendship.
But those benefits depend on there being no bad uses of such sites. There have been many times when they have been misused to propagate hatred, incite violence, or facilitate malicious acts.
This article will discuss some examples of technological advances helping fuel an increase in slavery, and how newer technologies may help end modern-day slavery.
The invention of the railroad
Before the advent of railroads, transporting goods required people to physically carry or push large objects using carts or other vehicles. This is not only time consuming but expensive as well – you need to pay for all the equipment needed to transport those goods and maintain it.
Railroads changed this by creating track-laying machines that do most of the work while human operators manage the rest. These robots are much more efficient than having humans handle each car individually, so they spend their time riding in an engine instead of handling freight.
The engineers who design these robots make them with moving parts that can fail. If one does, however, there’s usually another just like it lying around somewhere where someone can be hired to fix it. In fact, many companies have employee trainees that learn how to repair them until they're proficient enough to use them for higher wages at a company.
This system incentivizes the manufacturers to keep production lines running even when part of it has broken down, because they get paid no matter what. They also benefit from lower overhead costs; they don't need to buy individual tools for every job nor do they have to hire employees to take care of them.
The invention of the telegraph
More than just a way to send messages faster, the telegram was a tool used in what’s been described as “the modern-day slave trade.” In 1838, Alexander Graham Bell patented his telecommunication device we now know as the telephone. At that time though, it was referred to as a “speaking tube.”
While some people considered this new technology a chance for greater communication, others saw it as an opportunity to control one person from afar. This is particularly true when you consider how popular talking tubes became.
People all over wanted their own personal version of the device. So manufacturers began making them at a rapid pace. Businesses quickly capitalized on this growing popularity by creating devices that allowed employers to speak with anonymous workers about job opportunities away from home.
This got rid of any obstacles preventing someone with employment prospects from leaving town without giving up valuable information. Because these conversations took place far away, they were also easily recorded. That way, if things didn’t work out, there wasn’t much anyone could do to prevent future jobs.
These recordings made it easy for employers to check references and determine whether or not the people speaking about working here are actually who they say they are.
The invention of the internet
Over the past two centuries, technology has increasingly connected people everywhere, creating an interconnected system of communication, economy, and culture. This connectivity allows for easier sharing of information, products, and services and frequent exposure to new ideas and ways of doing things.
It also creates opportunities to spread messages or advertise products that were not easily accessible before. Advertisements now have the ability to target individuals with specific advertisements and content based on their personal characteristics such as lifestyle choices, income levels, and hobbies.
This article will discuss how the invention of the Internet enabled the growth of the modern slavery industry. Technology allowed companies to create online platforms where they could gather participants from all over the world to fulfill their needs. These needs can range anywhere from making money through advertising to offering employment to those who want it.
These participants are typically unaware of what is happening behind the scenes and why they are being exploited. It is important to be aware of this so that we can help end this epidemic.
The invention of the gun
Before the modern era, armed conflict was mostly fought with swords or spears. Weapons like guns that use energy to shoot projectiles are an advanced version of the spear or sword.
Before the early 19th century, there were very few firearms. Most people lived in small villages where they could usually go outside and not need a weapon. If someone broke into your house, you could run out and get one before escaping is no longer practical.
As population grew and trade expanded, this changed. Armies became bigger and soldiers needed equipment to fulfill their job. They needed weapons to take down enemy armor and also supply themselves for food while on campaign.
Since most countries have large amounts of natural resources, whoever holds them can make lots of money. This made it important to determine who owns which territory and how to defend yourself if attacked. Technology played a big part in this by helping create more powerful and efficient weaponry.
A major factor in the growth of slavery was military technology. Powerful rifles allowed larger armies to be built with less expensive ammunition, making it easier to recruit new soldiers. An additional benefit of having better weapons is that they are more effective at taking down enemies so workers had higher productivity and thus pay raises.
The invention of the train
Before the advent of the railroad, cargo could only be transported in large ships that needed to be built up with lots of space for storage and time to complete loading and unloading. This made it expensive to transport goods across long distances. As more and more people became dependent upon fast transportation, this increased demand for efficient ways to do so.
The solution? Railroads!
Railroads allowed for faster, cost-effective shipping by using track as an intermediary between cars and destinations. Since railroads already existed throughout Europe, Asia, and North America, there was no need to reinvent the wheel when creating your own.
Many entrepreneurs saw opportunities to make money through investing in the railroad industry. Some used their profits from other industries to fund their projects, while others were given loans or grants to help them succeed.
These investors often contributed to the success of the railroad they invested in, but one person’s success can sometimes backfire on someone else. Two individuals may invest in the same company at different times, making what seems like an innocuous investment have disastrous consequences for workers and activists alike.
Slaves were frequently hired due to the high demand for labor caused by the railroad industry. Because of this, some scholars believe that technological improvement helped perpetuate slavery.
The invention of the ship
While not all people consider sailing ships to be an improvement over other forms of transportation, they are often criticized for their part in fueling the Atlantic Slave Trade.
Sailing ships allowed for longer voyages with more frequent stops. This gave slave traders more chances to buy slaves from Africans and get them working under difficult conditions.
The British began constructing larger, faster sailing vessels around 1730. They built many different types of sailing ships, some designed to haul heavy cargo while others were only made to transport goods quickly.
These newer, faster sailing ships were able to make shorter trips but could carry much heavier cargoes than earlier ones! This helped fuel the Atlantic Slave Trade because it provided incentive for enslaved workers to remain employed and provide additional profit to their owners.
Improved technology also played a role in making the trade possible. For example, gunpowder was needed to launch most large boats so naval powers like Britain benefited from having a growing industry that supplied this resource.
The invention of the plane
Before humans could travel in vehicles, they had to climb onto a boat or use another form of transportation that required traveling by foot. This made it very difficult to reach new locations quickly and easily.
In 1840, an Austrian scientist named Karl von Draheim patented what would become one of the most important inventions of our time: the airplane.
He described his device as having “two hollow wheels which can be rotated around vertical axes” and said that it was possible to take off and land with them. Von Draheim also mentioned using cables to connect the two wheels so that passengers could lie down while being pulled through the air.
This doesn't sound too incredible now, but at the time many people doubted whether his design would actually work. Others thought he was crazy.
However, several wealthy individuals supported him financially and helped him develop his prototype. In 1843, he flew across Lake Neuchatel in Switzerland for about half a mile. Unfortunately, there were no other witnesses and no recordings, so we don’t know how well his plane worked after that!
Nevertheless, this small flight set off a frenzy of experimentation and development. Many other scientists designed their own prototypes and tested them out. Some even took their designs a step further and experimented with different fuels.
These developments paved the way for us to have planes today. And although some people may consider flying a luxury, none of these early experiments caused any deaths.
The invention of the car
Before the advent of the automobile, transportation was limited to walking or using horses or water-based vehicles like boats and carts. If you had enough money, you could hire someone else to transport yourself and/or others for a price, but only in very wealthy areas.
The first motorized vehicle was a horse drawn carriage designed to carry one person. These were expensive luxury items that only the rich could afford. Only later did people start making cheaper cars that other people can use to get around.
At this time, many governments still allowed slavery within their borders. People would pay good money to be chauffeured around in an expensive carriage or boat by someone who knows how to work it well. This is why so many old buildings have pictures and stories about famous last drives down the street.