Techno-Fix: Why Technology Won't Save Us Or the Environment

Techno-Fix: Why Technology Won't Save Us Or the Environment

by Michael Huesemann, Joyce Huesemann
     
 

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Nanotechnology! Genetic engineering! Miracle drugs! We are promised that new technological developments will magically save us from the dire consequences of the three hundred-year fossil-fueled binge known as modern industrial civilization, without demanding any fundamental changes in our behavior. There is a pervasive belief that technological innovation will

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Nanotechnology! Genetic engineering! Miracle drugs! We are promised that new technological developments will magically save us from the dire consequences of the three hundred-year fossil-fueled binge known as modern industrial civilization, without demanding any fundamental changes in our behavior. There is a pervasive belief that technological innovation will enable us to continue our current lifestyle indefinitely, and will prevent social, environmental, and economic collapse.

Techno-Fix shows that negative unintended consequences of science and technology are inherently unavoidable and predictable, techno-optimism is completely unjustified, and modern technology, in the presence of continued economic growth, does not promote sustainability, but rather, it hastens collapse. The authors demonstrate that most technological solutions to social and technology created problems are ineffective. They explore the reasons for the uncritical acceptance of new technologies, show who really controls the direction of technological change, and then advocate extensive reform.

This comprehensive exposé is a powerful argument for why we can and should put the genie back in the bottle. An insightful and powerful critique, it is required reading for anyone who is concerned about blind techno-optimism and believes that the time has come to make science and technology more socially and environmentally responsible.

Michael Huesemann, PhD, is a research scientist with a special interest in sustainability and critical science. He has specialized in environmental biotechnology for more than twenty-five years.

Joyce Huesemann, PhD, is an activist and academic who has taught at several universities and participates actively in a number of environmental, wildlife protection, and companion-animal organizations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550924947
Publisher:
New Society Publishers
Publication date:
10/04/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
File size:
612 KB

Meet the Author

Michael Huesemann: Michael Huesemann, PhD is a research scientist who has specialized in environmental biotechnology for more than 25 years. He has a special interest in sustainability and critical science, with a focus on the environmental, social, and ethical implications of science and technology. He is an accomplished public speaker and his research papers on the limitations of science and technology have been widely published to critical acclaim.
Joyce Huesemann: Joyce Huesemann, PhD is an activist with a strong academic background. She has taught at several universities, and has participated actively in a number of environmental, wildlife protection, and companion animal organizations A passionate advocate for animal rights, Joyce has personally fostered, rehabilitated and placed over 75 abandoned animals.

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