As made evident in their writings, both Johnston and the Huesemann authors would find fault with the notion that technological fixes are “necessary” to solve social ills. Johnston outlines in his essay The Technological Fix as Social Cure-All how he believes that “Modern problems cannot be reduced to mere engineering solutions” (Johnston, pg. 54). He takes this view on account of the notion that both mankind and society are prone to constant change. Thus, that which seemed a proper correction to a problem in the past may not meet the standards of today, and itself become a new problem to be fixed. A similar view is proposed by the authors Huesemann and Huesemann, who believe that any attempt to solve complex social problems with technological remedies are doomed to either delay the inevitable, or create a worse outcome by forestalling it. They proclaimed in their book that “The negative and sometimes irreversible consequences brought about by the application of science and technology are not only inherently unavoidable but also intrinsically unpredictable” (Huesemann & Huesemann, pg. 15). This belief is founded on the idea that nature, and by extension humans, is influenced as much by the bonds that interconnect it as the individual facets of its being. Thus, a reductionist view cannot fully comprehend it.
It is these problems with the technological fix that necessitate its invariable failings. Nature, and the social constructs which constantly develop and grow between those who live among it, cannot be understood or categorized in a traditional scientific way because by its nature science is rational, as opposed to the very irrational nature of any construct formed between beings of sentience and free will. Thus, while it is not wrong to solve a problem with technology, such an endeavor should be undertaken with great caution.