That was a Roller Coaster

Before reading this, I never really thought technology fixing was a specific ideal, and on top of that that it was something that I believed in. And then all of a sudden, my new found belief was criticized and I thought to myself, “Do I actually believe in this?” Techno-fix is the idea that all of culture’s problems, including social, are solvable by introducing a new technology. For example, is your population starving? If yes, the solution is not social welfare, it’s inventing a new harvester or creating GMOs to feed your population of needy starving people. This ideal became very popular with political and economic elites after WWII. During WWII, a lot of resources were put into creating technologies to defeat the enemy, which included the atomic bomb. After the war ended, there was a movement within the science community to repurpose the devastating new technology into something that would positively affect society. A good example of this would be using nuclear technology to start generating electricity. Also, on the topic of economic elites a lot of these techno-fixes are and were products. So of course economic elites are fans of techno-fixing.

As I said earlier I went through a roller coaster of emotions while reading these articles. Huesemann and Huesemann brought this ideal down to earth for me. They believe that we should be cautious about techno-fixes. Techno-fixes do not take into consideration the damage they may cause. Take the example of nuclear power from earlier. No matter your opinion on the energy source, it is irrefutable that there have been major environmental impacts of nuclear disasters. The Huesemann pair use the example of global warming as an impact of techno-fixes as well. Ultimately, I believe that techno-fixing has brought on a lot of amazing changes, but the drawbacks are a large reason why scientists should take a more holistic approach to handling society’s problems.

3 thoughts on “That was a Roller Coaster

  1. Hello!

    I think your example of what to do to address the problem of a starving population is great for capturing/explaining the theme of technology versus religion and government. Before reading this weeks readings, I was aware that many people looked to science and technology as the give all answer to everything (myself included in a way) and realized that while some openly claim this as their “religion” or belief system, others might not realize they are doing it to a certain extent as well. Many religions and governments these days are starting to put different forms of technology in higher positions as well, which is interesting considering these three are at odds with each other often. A question I have begun to ask myself is when does the line get crossed from understanding the success and importance of technology to instead putting it up on a pedestal subconsciously?

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  2. I felt like I experienced the same roller coaster. I am a CS major and I will be honest I feel like that is a huge flaw of the engineer’s mindset is to just fix the problem and not think of the consequences of the solution. Your connection to starvation was a great to represent the difference between politics and science. Politics and science have different goals however they always seem to find each other.

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  3. I had a very similar experience to you as I went to not being aware of techno-fixing as a concept but accepting it as an obvious truth without excepting it and then after the other 2 readings I brought the idea of techno-fixing back to reality with there being pros and cons this concept like all other concepts. You were able to answer both questions and make it easy for a reader to understand what you were communicating as you used good examples and made it clear and concise.

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