According to Johnston, what is a “technological fix,” or techno-fix? Why have techno-fixes become popular among political and economic elites, especially after World War II? And why, according to Huesemann and Huesmann, should we be cautious or skeptical about techno-fixes?
According to Johnston, a “technological fix” is the idea of using technology as a “cure-all.” It intentionally became popular in the early 20th century, most notably after the Second World War when engineers and scientists began to question how technologies like nuclear could be used to enhance our daily lives. It began popular among political and economic elites especially because it provided each respective party with new benefits and opportunities; for Alvin Weinberg for example, “the Manhattan Project represented the paradigm technological fix, in which a powerful technology neutralized enemy aggression and bypassed diplomatic negotiation and political alliances. Similarly, he credited the H-bomb as a technological solution to the problem of war that did not require changing human nature.”
Huesemann and Huesmann say that while technology is cool and all, our rush to apply it to everything in our lives tends to lead to unforeseen and unfortunately irreversible damage to different degrees, not to mention the side effects that are basically inevitable. In short, in our quest to fix everything with technology, we should be careful that we don’t destroy what we already have.