Technology, Always Late to it’s Own Party
Technological advancements in social and environmental systems have negative repercussions because they are short term advancements in a long term struggle for economic, social, and environmental issues. Technology does fix problems as they arise, or rather about two years later, but this does not change the mindsets of politicians. The difference between Technocrats and those who believe that technology fixes social problems is that the Technocrats understand that having science as the driving force of politics does not put food in hungry stomachs. Technology only facilitates the ease of social progress, it does not directly cause it. Technology can be used to innovate existing social, economic, and environmental systems, however; technology is only as useful as those in charge of such systems allow it to be .
Unintended repercussions from technology arise when existing systems are not improved upon to fit ever changing needs. Systems are invented that work so efficiently that they are not improved upon or renovated until they are already outdated. It is because of this that technology is in a constant state of catch-up to the needs of society. Another pitfall of technology is the problems created by applying short term solutions to long standing problems, a key example of this is the California Aquifer Network. The aquifers make large scale farming and urbanization in otherwise inhospitably dry areas possible. The major downside to this is that the water tables of every less economically significant county are siphoned down to unacceptable levels. This drainage causes superficial droughts throughout the whole state, in addition to the environmental water shortages caused by a host of other non-technological reasons. the aquifers fix the short term problem of there being a huge population in Orange County with no water, they fail to solve any water shortage issues. Hydrogen synthesis and desalinization are both far less temporary fixes to the California water crisis, but true to form of technology those much needed systems are far too late to be preemptive measures.