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by Erica Etelson, Truthout | Op-Ed, 19 September 2014
The article cited above is under copyright, so we are quoting only one paragraph. The author explores some of the unintended consequences of commonly used technologies :
Weakening our resilience, fueling hyper-consumption, accelerating environmental ruin, resource depletion and resource wars, carrying some seriously scary risks, diminishing rather than enriching our quality of life, eroding our privacy, deepening inequality.
“The problem with technology is that most innovations have unintended consequences, and those unintended consequences are piling up, causing harm and creating dangers of existential magnitude. We turn a blind eye to those dangers and uncritically presume that, for all but the creepiest technologies (such as animal cloning), the benefits outweigh the risks and that technological innovation is humanity's highest calling.”