Douthwaite states that “Whatever the moral, ethical, or legal implications of a technological fix, if it works even temporarily to solve an important social problem, then it is an important contribution.” (Douthwaite, 32) What he fails to consider, is how these fixes disrupt the system they are attempting to repair. Huesemann would likely say that Douthwaite’s viewpoint overlooks how unintended side effects of technological fixes often create more problems than we started with. Douthwaite also says that we can continuously employ temporary technological fixes over and over again while we attempt to understand societies problems and ourselves. Huesemann may argue that we cannot fully understand the complex social system we have today and that believing otherwise is ignorant and potentially dangerous. As Huesemann says, “Ignorance of ignorance and lack of wisdom is the state of affairs in most science and technology today, resulting in so-called ‘myopic engineering’.” (Huesemann, 14) Johnston would also likely fault this way of thinking, as he cites many opposers to technological fixes called them “band-aid” fixes and the fixes “underestimate and inadequately solve complex problems.” (Johnston, 53)
Technological fixes to social and environmental systems often have negative repercussions because we don’t fully understand how the fix will affect these systems. As stated in Techno-Fix, the Earth and its environmental systems we see today have been subject to nearly 3 billion years of evolution and adaptation, and social systems have been evolving for nearly 100 million years. (Huesemann, 10) When we introduce technological fixes, we introduce rapid changes to systems that are used to slow changes. As a result, the systems sometimes react violently with unexpected consequences. I don’t think that unintended consequences should prevent us from developing technological solutions. Technology has allowed our world to develop rapidly, and I don’t believe our society could handle a sudden stop or even reduction in new tech. We have created environmental and social problems with many of our technological fixes, but we have also helped better mankind. I do believe we should focus more on how tech we create will impact our world as it’s the only one we’ve got. If we destroy it, we destroy ourselves. However, I don’t think we should stop “fixing” altogether, as our innate desire to perfect our world will continue to drive us to change it.