Unknown Problems with Advanced Technology

Douthwaite’s article is about that technology can act as a fix in social problems in society. Both Johnston and the Huesemanns, don’t quite agree with Douthwaite’s more extreme technology pro argument. Johnston argues that with more advanced technology, engineers may act as a more “social doctor” and see themselves as having responsibilities to fix the problem with our societies. He argues if we should give these social doctors so much responsibilities. Johnston believes that language could be a more reasonable fix to our social problems, not technology. As for the Huesemanns, they argue that we could advance to far in technology and have unpredictable consequences that could be devastating to us and our environment. The Huesenanns say that “everything is connected” and if we mess with one part of the natural balance, we upset the whole connection, and this could have unpredictable consequences to our ecosystems.
If we tried to create a more advanced technology to help our ecosystems, this could cause an unnatural chain of problems to occur. Instead of the letting the affected nature to self-heal itself naturally, we force it to heal unnaturally and this could have unpredictable consequences that we have not yet discovered. As for our social problems, this could end up with such highly advanced robotics, that robots could become independent and create their own free thoughts. This would cause an unknown certainty of what the consequences would be and us trying to play God, could have a negative outcome. With these unknown problems in more advanced technology, I believe that we should atleast give it a try because advanced technology could provide a huge positive affect on us and our planet. Since the beginning of the start of technology, human life and longevity has been increased. We cannot just pause the advancement of our technology.