Techno-Fix: Why Technology Won't Save Us Or the Environment

Techno Fix Why Technology Won t Save Us Or the Environment Techno Fix questions a primary paradigm of our age that advanced technology will extricate us from an ever increasing load of social environmental and economic ills Techno Fix shows why negative uni

  • Title: Techno-Fix: Why Technology Won't Save Us Or the Environment
  • Author: Michael Huesemann Joyce Huesemann
  • ISBN: 9780865717046
  • Page: 426
  • Format: Paperback
  • Techno Fix questions a primary paradigm of our age that advanced technology will extricate us from an ever increasing load of social, environmental, and economic ills Techno Fix shows why negative unintended consequences of science and technology are inherently unavoidable and unpredictable, why counter technologies, techno fixes, and efficiency improvements do not offerTechno Fix questions a primary paradigm of our age that advanced technology will extricate us from an ever increasing load of social, environmental, and economic ills Techno Fix shows why negative unintended consequences of science and technology are inherently unavoidable and unpredictable, why counter technologies, techno fixes, and efficiency improvements do not offer lasting solutions, and why modern technology, in the presence of continued economic growth, does not promote sustainability but instead hastens collapse.The authors explore the reasons for the uncritical acceptance of new technologies show that technological optimism is based on ignorance and that increasing consumerism and materialism, which have been facilitated by science and technology, have failed to increase happiness The common belief that technological change is inevitable is questioned, the myth of the value neutrality of technology is exposed and the ethics of the technological imperative what can be done should be done is challenged Techno Fix asserts that science and technology, as currently practiced, cannot solve the many serious problems we face and that a paradigm shift is needed to reorient science and technology in a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable direction.The readers of Techno Fix will learn a number of inconvenient truths about science and technology, topics that are rarely, if ever, covered in the media or discussed among professionals Readers will be challenged to re examine their current worldview, their paradigms and assumptions about the so called promises of modern technology But they will also feel empowered and inspired by the fact that most problems confronting humanity have inherently simple, low tech solutions.The authors of Techno Fix, both Ph.D.s, have decades of experience in science and engineering, and deliver a highly readable, insightful and powerful critique of modern technology.Techno Fix has been endorsed by Richard Heinberg, Bill McKibben, David Suzuki, William Rees, and other notables in the environmental and academic community.

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    1. I really enjoyed this book. It's not the most riveting writing - he's extremely detail oriented and tends to use the same sentence structure repeatedly, etc. and it's not told as a "story" but rather as an information dump - but all that said, it's fascinating stuff. The main thesis is something many of us already know and that is that technology is part of the heat-engine that is human industrial civilization and as such, will always - always! - contribute to the problem, and in aggregate, will [...]

    2. Welcome to our all-you-can-eat buffet of eco-predicaments, a remarkable achievement brought to you by our old friend, technological innovation. Our friend isn’t evil. He’s a hilarious charismatic trickster who excels at making comical mistakes. Every brilliant idea blows up in his face, flattens him with a boulder, or rockets him over a cliff. He never gives up. He never learns from his mistakes. He never succeeds.Like the trickster, Americans are famous for our manic techno-optimism. Econom [...]

    3. I liked this book a lot. I think it is not an easy topic to discuss, given the blind faith most modern societies have in technology. The problem is that technology is a vicious cycle; we pretend to solve problems caused by technology with more technology, with more technology, with more technology and so on. This normally would not make sense for most of us. However, the authors highlight some reasons why this happens. For instance, there is what they call the "myth of value-neutrality", i.e. th [...]

    4. I thought this was one of the better books that I've read. The book shows how so-called techno-fixes can make matters worse and that there is always a price to be payed. It shows problems with our current culture and system, and by offering solutions it gives us hope. It doesn't shy away from telling things as it is either: the green dream of non-renewable energy sources; while part of the solution, will still require sacrifices and isn't without its own environmental impact.The book is a great [...]

    5. The first two thirds of this book is a well-written and thorough critique of the technological system. The authors make convincing and well-articulated arguments against a variety of different technologies (medical, energy, etc) while at the same time stepping back to look at the value systems embedded in the technological system.However, the end is disappointing as the authors argue in favor of so-called "responsible" and manageable technologies, increased regulations, and the like. After such [...]

    6. This book made me think about my life of knee jerk support of science my whole life. I still think most corporations are "evil", not intentionally, but they F things up, by their very nature. I will continue to read and explore to determine if it's time to pull the driveway in, get a gun , etc. or whether it's too late. ?

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