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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.

Topics: technology

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  • Feb 9 2013: The development of technology is to some extent at the glory and mercy of past motivations and practices. More than anything else new technology is pushed and driven by potential profits for business entrepreneurs and the concurrence of law makers and regulators subject to their own limitations and interests.

    New technology offers considerable rewards with a minimal negative unexpected consequence. Most agree this is the case for most new advancements in technology. The potential negative aspects of the technology is weeded out by the specialized professionals at the development stage and in the implementation of such technology for a host of good business reasons.

    However, there is considerable activity involving living organisms which deserve tighter controls on the experiments and tighter controls in application due to the nature of the beast. Although the motive for such development or use of technology can seem compelling the negative consequences could become alarming and once loose in the environment could be difficult or impossible to contain due to their self reproducing nature. Ever expanding experiments and use of genetically modified organisms by specialist in the genetics and technology of biological evolution are on top of the list of what I expect could bite back with a vengeance. You don't have to be a biologist to appreciate how dangerous this experimental activity is, but it helps. The problem that most concerns me about GMOs' is that these induced changes can be incorporated into the native wild populations resulting in unintended detrimental effects that are not subject to being undone. It could be our greatest protection so far is that creating the desired patented organism and getting it to reproduce into a modified growing population is so difficult to accomplish.

    TED Talks and conversations have entered in on this concern about the development and use of such technology and the subject deserves more air time in my opinion

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