Technological fixes can be defined as short-term fixes for long-term issues. We as a population will not stop growing, thus meaning that our technology will forever change and improve, but can and will also lead to more problems than ever before. Jeff Douthwaite gives three examples of technological fixes; economic justice, driving whilst intoxicated, and war. He also reasons that, “…the technological fix can only be trusted in the short term for there are obvious ways each may be voided or frustration.” (Douthwaite, 32) However, two authors disagree. Johnston offers to the public that technology serves as a “Band-Aid” solution to the world’s social problems, and therefore does not solve them. (Johnston, 53) It’s clear that the three authors do not agree with each other when we fall to Huesemann and Huesemann’s article whom talk about environmental issues. In short, each author comes to terms with the impact technology seems to have on nature.
Technological fixes to social and environmental systems have negative repercussions because, as humans, we do not completely understand the consequences to every action until the impacts have been clearly presented to us, although I wish to state that the negative impacts our technological fixes have around us should give us reason to halt our work. There is no greater teacher than trial and error, however that is just my opinion. Mankind’s greatest fear is the unknown, after all.