Jeff Douthwaite states in his paper that we as a society need to use technology to fix our problems. He argues that we should use the logical, mathematical science of engineering to solve our unpredictable social issues. He uses example of how we already do this with using the American automotive industry as an example. He also gives an example of how we can do this to combat drunk driving with breathalyzers in the ignition. However Douthwaite doesn’t want us to exclusively use technology to solve our problems, he believes it is a great way to give us time to fix the core of our issues. The book by Huesemann almost completely disagrees with Douthwaite. He believes that all technology has consequences and that us, as humans, are interconnected with nature. He believes that if we take something from nature, it will take something from us, he describes it as no free lunch. Johnston is in-between the other two authors, he believes we should use technology, but we should be careful with it.
There are negative repercussions to using technology to fix social and environmental issues because we do not always know the long term effects of a new technology. An example of this could be the widespread use of DDT in the United States throughout the 20th century. After use of use we discovered the negative impact it had on the environment. Despite this, the chance of negative repercussions should not discourage us from making technological breakthroughs and using them. As long as we are safe and smart with our technology, it should always be used.