Douthwaite says that technological fixes are necessary to solve social problems, but both of the other authors would almost disagree. While it might be agreeable to say that technology solves many issues, a lot of the time the negative outcome(s) aren’t considered. Many people rush in to fix their issues with a technological solution, but they don’t stop to think about the impact that that solution may have on not only society, but on the world around us. Many technological fixes are like slapping a band-aid on a wound, that is to say that they are only temporary fixes. The solutions we are creating are becoming increasingly dangerous and will only continue to cause more problems than they solve because of this need to make a solution without considering the consequences.
Technological solutions continue to harm us and the environment because we think that things like nature can be improved upon, whereas science has shown us countless times that nature cannot be improved upon. Nature creates its own solutions in the form of natural selection and genetic mutation and, in trying to create our own solutions, humans are constantly introducing new things that have never had the chance to undergo nature’s selective processes. This only serves to unsettle the natural balance of nature and, while nature continues to function, these introduced things continue to unbalance and harm the world around us. Because people can’t stop for a minute to remember that every win comes with a cost, this cycle will continue until there’s nothing left to save. The world’s constant need to slap band-aids on things that maybe don’t need fixing or enhancement continues to damage the world around us, and people are continuing to ignore that because those band-aids, they feel, are a necessity.