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Re: apocalyptic techno-optimism

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:04 am
by Kipling
I am not sure whether it is an artefact of my own ageing that I think it is largely in my adult lifetime that tech has evolved from problem-solving in the sense of 'this tech exists to help [the mass of] people' to problem-solving in the sense of '[the mass of] people are a problem, this tech solves that problem'. There is a sense in which this latter approach is 'rational' in the context of gross over-resource use by [a wealthy largely western minority of] the world's [over] population. But there is another sense in which it is deeply, deeply, weird and inhuman.

Re: apocalyptic techno-optimism

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:04 am
by vexed87
@Kipling,
Leopold Khor wrote:Wherever something is wrong, something is too big.
This aptly applies to most systems where sustainability is a major concern.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... opold-kohr

Re: apocalyptic techno-optimism

Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:21 pm
by Mister Imperceptible
vexed87 wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:04 am
Have you read The Breakdown of Nations and would you recommend it?

Re: apocalyptic techno-optimism

Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:33 am
by vexed87
Yes, its an entertaining read.