Long after I lost my faith in (most) people, I continued to trust technology. It just seemed easier to believe in something grounded in logic and precision-untouched by the whims of human emotion.
As Webster University philosopher Bruce Umbaugh explains,
It’s nice (sometimes) to think technology will save us and make the world perfect.
It’s even nice (sometimes), he adds, “to think we can blame technology for what’s wrong with the world today.”
But is it fair to put so much weight on technology-or think it could ultimately solve our problems? Not according to William Easterly, a professor of economics at New York University. “I don’t think things work that way,” Easterly says. “Technology is not a disembodied force that will solve problems on its own. It requires human beings to solve problems.
“So I don’t buy into this worldview that we have this great technology, and all you have to do is sort of plug into the Internet, and globalization will take over and solve all the world’s problems. I don’t think things work that way. I think they require lots and lots of supporting human institutions that respect individual rights, free markets, democracy. These things unfortunately build up more slowly than technological quick fixes.”
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