Using Technology to Hold it Together

Johnston would argue that technological fixes could help solve social problems, but they need to consider all the cultural, ethical, and political aspects. Johnston thinks that we’ve done a pretty awful job in managing technological fixes in our society. He argues that these advancements are ultimately ineffective because a singular solution will create new unforeseen problems. Huesemann and Huesemann would say that nature has optimized itself, and it’s impossible for technology to improve on it. They say inevitably any type of improvement we attempt to make, will only have a negative adverse effect. All systems on our planet are connected, including humans.

 

Negative repercussions from technological fixes to social and environmental systems occur because they are being driven by financial and corporate gains. Also, technology has almost zero time to be tested before it’s massively implicated. As soon as a new technology has been discovered, it’s a race to see who can develop it the quickest. I believe that we can adjust the manner that technological fixes are implemented. We need to hold research to a higher standard and take into consideration more aspects then just a short return. Technology needs to be tested and analyzed more thoroughly for negative impacts on all levels. Unintended consequences will still occur, but the impacts can be minimized. It’s no longer a question as to whether or not we should use technology, we don’t have a choice. Technology has gotten us into the current dire situation of our planet, and it’s our only hope to solve some problems. In summary I believe technology can be used to improve the overall life of the average human. Furthermore, I think technology is our only hope to save the human race, and all life on this planet.

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