Compared to Douthwaite’s statement that technological fixes are necessary to solve social problems, Johnston, one of the other authors says, “Modern problems cannot be reduced to mere engineering solutions over the long term; human goals are diverse and constantly changing” (Johnston 54). Huesemann and Huesemann the authors of the other article would say, “The negative and sometimes irreversible consequences brought by the application of science and technology are not only unavoidable but also unpredictable” (Huesemann 15).
Technological fixes to social and environmental systems tend to have negative repercussions because technological fixes can create other problems in the process of trying to solve the current issues. I don’t think unintended consequences should prevent us from finding technological solutions to our problems because any solution may have a negative outcome. But if we continue to try to find technological solutions to problems, we must be able to not only look back but look forward and strive to improve the solutions that had the unintended consequences. While I agree with Johnston that human goals are constantly changing, does that not imply that any fix may have to be updated and modified in the future regardless of whether it was technologically based or not?