Technological advancements are inevitable in today’s world. Whether people like it or not, new information and advancements will keep technology moving forward. The question is, will technology be what saves humanity or destroy it. Author Jeff Douthwaite argues that technology is necessary for the world to be “fixed.” Douthwaite claims that technology, paired with social understanding, is the key needed to fix current problems, “We need both kinds of understanding, technological and social-the type that is advanced can help us live with, enjoy, and improve the other.” Author Sean F. Johnson would argue a similar point, that the technological fix will solve social issues and will blend well the consumer culture we exist in. On the other hand, Michael and Joyce Huesemann argue that these technological solutions will be more harmful than helpful, “In summary, the negative and sometimes irreversible consequences brought about by the application of science and technology are not only inherently unavoidable but also intrinsically unpredictable.” With these words, the Huesemann’s conclude that while beneficial, the possible outcomes of technology are too risky. These articles, while very different, all provide insightful thought on the use of technology.
Technology can be very unpredictable. Relying on it as a solution to our problems is a risk in and of itself. The possible implications are just as unpredictable as the technology itself. If we rely too heavily on the technology, there may be unforeseen and irreversible consequences on our world and our environment. Unintended consequences should not stop technological advancement and problem solving but it should encourage caution.