The Technological Fix: Visions, Trials, and Solutions / Edition 1

The Technological Fix: Visions, Trials, and Solutions / Edition 1

by Lisa Rosner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415947111

ISBN-13: 9780415947114

Pub. Date: 03/01/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The term "technological fix" should mean a fix provided by technology—a solution for all of our problems, from medicine and food production to the environment and business. Instead, technological fix has come to mean a cheap, quick fix using inappropriate technology that usually creates more problems than it solves. This collection sets out the distinction

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Overview

The term "technological fix" should mean a fix provided by technology—a solution for all of our problems, from medicine and food production to the environment and business. Instead, technological fix has come to mean a cheap, quick fix using inappropriate technology that usually creates more problems than it solves. This collection sets out the distinction between a technological fix and a true technological solution.

Bringing together scholars from a variety of disciplines, the essays trace the technological fix as it has appeared throughout the twentieth century. Addressing such "fixes" as artificial hearts, industrial agriculture and climate engineering, these essays examine our need to turn to technology for solutions to all of our problems.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415947114
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/01/2004
Series:
Hagley Perspectives on Business and Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
IFixing bodies
1Artificial hearts : a technological fix more monstrous than miraculous?13
2Plugging in to modernity : Wilshire's I-ON-A-CO and the psychic fix31
3Technology and disability61
IIFixing food
4The nutritional enrichment of flour and bread : technological fix or half-baked solution75
5Long-haul trucking and the technopolitics of industrial agriculture, 1945-197593
6Synthetic arcadias : dreams of meal pills, air food, and algae burgers119
IIIFixing the environment
7When everybody wins does the environment lose? : the environmental techno-fix in twentieth-century American mining137
8Solving air pollution problems once and for all : the potential and the limits of technological fixes155
9Fixing the weather and climate : military and civilian schemes for cloud seeding and climate engineering175
IVFixing business
10The "problem" of computer-computer communication, 1995-2000 : a technological fix?203
11Innovation junctions219
Afterword241

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