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Are there any inventions that actually and completely solve the problem they were created to solve?
I'm curious if any of you know any inventions that actually, completely solved the problem they set out to solve, without creating a whole new set of problems.
Are we destined/doomed to invent ourselves into destruction?
Gladwell brings up an interesting point in his talk about the Nordern Bombsight; he states that our problems are too complex to be "solved" by the inventions that we often think will in some way or form, save the world. He discusses how the use of drones in Pakistan has increased hostility against American in Afghanistan ten-fold--an extremely interesting piece of information.
This really got me thinking, are there any inventions that genuinely solve problems? I' aware that drones weren't created under the pretense of dropping bombs, but that is what they were eventually used for. I'd definitely attribute the rise in hostility to the use of drones, while they may be 95% accurate they also have something called a blast radius, which usually includes more than the few targets they set. Killing the families of people in such a volatile area is just fueling the fire. If a boy loses his family because of U.S. drone strikes--what choices does he have besides join a "terrorist" organization?