18 September 2017
Ninon Godefroy Rufus Pollock
Rufus and I are starting a mini research project on “Techno-solutionism” – What we see as the (oft-fallacious) belief that “Tech” (alone) can solve our hard societal problems.
We plan to gather examples of Techno-solutionism in a couple of specific areas such as democracy / trust and global warming / environment. For example:
We would be happy to have your ideas & inputs on this topic. And if anyone wants to contribute to the research, please let us know !
For the moment, Here is a great take-down on civic Tech:
And here is Rufus’ anti- blockchain rant: http://rufuspollock.com/2017/05/11/thoughts-on-blockchain-in-geneva/
See also the recent post setting out a typology of problems which is directly relevant here: The Four Types of Problem
For me, a big problem is that Technosolutionism leads us to believe that personal sacrifices won’t be necessary to solve these hard societal problems:
But, we will have a hard time solving climate change if we continue to put all of our resources into finding ways to produce MORE energy, rather than trying to consume less ourselves.
Our hypothesis: Rather than more tech innovations; hard societal problems like climate change and democracy require innovation in human coordination mechanisms and a transformation of our desires – a “transformation of our being”.
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