Technological fix

A technological fix refers to solving a problem by using technology. While today's technically involved world often requires problem solving based on reductionistic analysis, engineering design principles, and computer-aided modeling, the quest for technology-based solutions dates from the earliest primitive attempts to increase human comfort and gain some control over the natural world. The term technological fix is most appropriately applied when considering certain types of problems--ones involving both technology and a human societal dimension. It can then be used to distinguish this family of solutions from a distinctly different family of solutions: those involving an attitudinal fix.

As an example, consider the problem of childhood tooth decay. Those seeking a simple technological fix would advocate treating the community water supply with a low level of sodium fluoride; those pursuing a purely attitudinal fix would mount an educational campaign promoting good nutrition and encouraging parents to teach children to take better care of their teeth. An intermediate approach would be built around urging everyone to brush regularly with a fluoride based toothpaste.

Two groups can be considered out at the extremes in their approaches to solving such problems. Those possessing a technological fix mentality believe that technology is the key to solving most problems, conflicts, or unpleasant situations. Luddites, in contrast, with their distaste of technology, might tirelessly work to change attitudes and associated behaviors in their quest to solve societal problems--even when simple technological fixes to them are available. More typically, many problems are solved by intermediate approaches, employing both technological and attitudinal fixes.

ee also

*Philosophy of Technology
*Attitudinal Fix
*Inevitability thesis
*Technological Imperative

References

* Mack E. Pamela. "The Technological Fix". 2005. 9 September 2005

* Rudi Volti "Society and Technological Change". 2006.

* Albert H. Teich. "Technology and The Future. 10th Edition".2006 (Note: A collection of Essays)

External links

* [http://www.projectworldview.org/wvtheme46.htm The Technological Fix Mentality ] from Project Worldview


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