“Technology can thus be employed to buy us time during which we can attend to the fundamental, fascinating building block of the social sciences-ourselves. (Douthwiate, p. 32) is exactly the kind of mindset the Huesemanns and Johnston warn us about. “As a band-aid solution involving sophisticated systems, technological fixes are argued to both underestimate and inadequately solve complex problems” (Johnston, p 53) succinctly sums up this author’s negative views on technology as a cure all. The Huesemanns are even more critical, stating that science and technology has actually created greater challenges than it has solved and the task at hand is to “overcome out ignorance in dealing with these self-created disasters” (Huesemann & Huesemann, p. 15). In short, both Johnston and the Huesemanns, warn that technological fixes, while addressing current issues, have a large potential for long-term negative consequences.
In my opinion, the reason technological fixes have potentially negative repercussions is they are, in general, narrowly focused on the well-being of mankind. Over time we have risen to, in at least our minds, the apex species. Our survival is of the utmost importance to the survival of the world, which given many of our decisions is contrary to the truth. We do not see ourselves as a cog in the machine, but as the machine. Though we may think of ourselves as a measured, well intended species, I see mankind as a more impulsive, reactionary force. We move forward in fits and starts of advancing our needs and then responding to the negative consequences of the unforseen results. Technology is the sword we wield to hack our way out of the jungle, only to find because we did not take the time to first look at a compass, we are actually heading deeper into the heart of darkness.