Technological innovation is the wellspring of human progress, providing higher living standards, improved health, a cleaner environment, increased access to information, and many other benefits. Yet a wide array of interests today stubbornly oppose technological progress, just as the infamous Ned Ludd did in the early 19th century when he led a movement to destroy mechanized looms.
Alarmists tout an artificial intelligence apocalypse.
Advocates seek a ban on “killer robots.”
States limit automatic license plate readers.
Europe and China choose taxi drivers over car-sharing passengers.
The paper industry opposes e-labeling.
California’s governor vetoes RFID in driver’s licenses.
Wyoming outlaws citizen science.
The Federal Communications Commission limits broadband innovation.
The Center for Food Safety fights genetically improved food.
Ohio and others ban red light cameras.