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Are we wise enough to use technology without it biting back?

Many technologies have caused unintended consequences. There is a book about this topic "Why things bite back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences." I have not read it. Have you?

For example some of the side effects of automobile use are air pollution, expensive transportation, stuff being built farther apart, general lack of exercise in our society.

I realize a lot of anwers will be to the effect that it is an individuals choice. Think about the collective choices of what tecnonolgy society has adopted. Like the automobile some technologies are nearly mandatory to own in order to survive.

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    Feb 9 2013: i would like to see a reliable study showing the ratio between indented and/or beneficial consequences vs unintended and/or harmful consequences. because it is easy to lament about the harms, while happily accept all the benefits. easy, but also dumb.
    • Feb 9 2013: I don't understand what this means "it is easy to lament about the harms, while happily accept all the benefits. easy, but also dumb."

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