As explored and discussed in the assigned articles, we are at a place in technology where it can be used in almost all senses of our lives. Douthwaite states that these technological fixes, when applied to social problems, can be an “important contribution”(Douthwaite, 32). Though he does address the instability of these fixes, he states that they can be quite useful. The other two authors have differing opinions on the subject. They believe that these fixes could never be accurate enough to fix much of anything. Johnston states in his closing argument that “Modern problems cannot be reduced to mere engineering solutions over the long term; human goals are constantly changing” (Johnston, 8). His argument pushes the claim that humans and our society(s) are not simple enough to be fixed using technology. Huesemann addresses the negative consequences that come with the use of these fixes. His claim explains how the environment can be impacted. “If both the magnitude of and speed of human actions are greater than the adaptive capacity of nature, certain natural processes may cease to function entirely, resulting in irreversible consequences” (Huesemann, 8). While there are short-term benefits of technological fixes, there are many uncalculated risks that need to be addressed.
These negative repercussions exist because of the ever changing state of society and nature. The characteristics of both aspects makes it near impossible to have long-term and effective results. While these risks can have negative impacts, they can also improve certain issues for a period of time and allow us to find a new solution. I side with Douthwaite in the fact that these fixes, while not perfect, do serve a useful purpose when used in moderation. The exploration of new solutions should not stop just because of failed attempts in the past.