And The 2014 ITIF Luddite Award Winners Are…The 4 States That Blocked Tesla Direct Sales
One month ago, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation’s (ITIF) announced the nominees for its first Luddite Award.
“Luddite has become a common insult to describe people who are opposed to inevitable technology innovations, deriving its origin from craftsmen who opposed mechanized textile innovations in the 19th Century.”
Earlier this week, the winners of the Luddite Award were announced:
“The victors are the states of Arizona, Michigan, New Jersey, and Texas, which all took action last year to prevent Tesla from opening stores in their states to sell cars directly to consumers. Coming in second was the National Rifle Association (NRA) for its opposition to smart guns.”
Victors? How ’bout we call them “losers” instead?
Press release below:
Efforts to Block Tesla Win ITIF’s Luddite of the Year
WASHINGTON – (February 5, 2015) After a month-long public vote, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) has announced the “winner” of its 2014 Luddite Awards. The victors are the states of Arizona, Michigan, New Jersey, and Texas, which all took action last year to prevent Tesla from opening stores in their states to sell cars directly to consumers. Coming in second was the National Rifle Association (NRA) for its opposition to smart guns.
ITIF created the Luddite Awards to highlight the worst anti-technology ideas and/or actions of the year and the negative impacts they could cause for the economy and society as a whole. Ten finalists were announced January 5 and the general public was asked to select the worst of the worst.
The states blocking Tesla received 34 percent of the vote. The NRA’s smart gun position received 27 percent of the vote followed by Stop Smart Meters’ efforts to prevent smart innovation in meters and cars with 15 percent.
“The central challenge of our time is the need to rapidly increase living standards and quality of life for all of the world’s citizens,” says Robert Atkinson, President of ITIF. “Innovation and technological development are absolutely essential to achieving this goal, but over the last decade a vast array of organizations have stepped up their efforts thwart technological innovation. By highlighting the most egregious examples of these efforts we hope to better educate the public and policymakers on why Luddite opposition is profoundly mistaken.”
The ten Luddite nominees were:
The National Rifle Association’s Opposition to Smart Guns
The Vermont Legislature Passes Law Requiring GMO Food Labeling
Arizona, Michigan, New Jersey, and Texas Take Action to Prevent Tesla From Opening Stores to Sell Cars Directly to Consumers
The French Government Stops Amazon From Providing Free Shipping on Books
“Stop Smart Meters” Seeks To Stop Smart Innovation in Meters and Cars
Free Press Lobbies for Rules to Stop Innovation in Broadband Networks
New York State Cracks Down on Airbnb and its Hosts
Virginia and Nevada Take on Ride Share
The Media and Pundits Claiming That “Robots” Are Killing Jobs
The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Opposition to Health IT