Douthwaite contends that despite the inherent nature of technological fixes being short in scope and duration, they ultimately are needed to compensate for the unpredictability of human nature and behavior. While he stands by this assertion regardless of any social consequences derived from said technological fix, Johnston and the Huesemanns represent those who are adamant about recognizing, considering and addressing human values and the societal, long term and distant repercussions of using technology as a type of band aid. Johnston does appreciate the potential and short-term positives that come from technological fixes as a method of pushing off the need for a permanent solution and truly assessing the nature of the problem, however, the Huesemanns assert that “the belief that humans can improve upon nature…has been shown to be false by science itself” (Huesemann, p. 5), therefore pointing out the paradox of attempting to cure society with technology.
Stemming from the interconnectedness of the world, there are profound implications for the application of technology, whether it be immediate, drawn out, distant or manifested in unexpected manners (Huesemann, p. 2). Unfortunately, as of yet, it has seemed that scientists and engineers are either incapable or uninterested in fully assessing the true root of issues and or the consequences of temporarily covering up said issues. Although it would be difficult to quantify, it would be very interesting and telling to determine the percentage of current issues that new technology is being created to address that are caused by human technology/ ”advancements” in the first place. For example, the up and coming technologies that are being created to address human pollution of the oceans and or climate change, both issues that are related, if not fully caused by human advancements and solutions to prior issues such as food distribution and transportation. The ultimate question stemming from this thought process is what will the cascade be from this new technology that temporarily fixes these new human created issues. Due to this concept, essentially summed up as socio-trophic cascade, I feel that while unintended consequences should not necessarily halt the attempt to find technological fixes, there is a definite need for deeper analysis of the reasons behind social issues and assessment of the full scope of these technological fixes that truly weighs the benefits and negatives for all types of life on the planet and in all facets of human society such as politics, economics, religion, ethics and so on.