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

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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.

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Meet the Author

Lisa Rosner is Professor of History at Richard Stockton College. A specialist in the history of science, technology, and medicine, she is the consulting editor of The Chronology of Science from Stonehenge to the Human Genome Project.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I Fixing bodies
1 Artificial hearts : a technological fix more monstrous than miraculous? 13
2 Plugging in to modernity : Wilshire's I-ON-A-CO and the psychic fix 31
3 Technology and disability 61
II Fixing food
4 The nutritional enrichment of flour and bread : technological fix or half-baked solution 75
5 Long-haul trucking and the technopolitics of industrial agriculture, 1945-1975 93
6 Synthetic arcadias : dreams of meal pills, air food, and algae burgers 119
III Fixing the environment
7 When everybody wins does the environment lose? : the environmental techno-fix in twentieth-century American mining 137
8 Solving air pollution problems once and for all : the potential and the limits of technological fixes 155
9 Fixing the weather and climate : military and civilian schemes for cloud seeding and climate engineering 175
IV Fixing business
10 The "problem" of computer-computer communication, 1995-2000 : a technological fix? 203
11 Innovation junctions 219
Afterword 241
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