How Technology Can Cure Disease

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As nature deteriorates on several fronts, ranging from ozone depletion to water contamination, scientists and politicians grow more desperate to stall and ultimately reverse the damage to the environment. Technology quickly comes to mind as the most viable solution, having been responsible for great strides in fields such as computer science and medicine. Humanity is fascinated by the question, “if technology can cure disease, why not use it to regulate the environment?” Questions like this gave way to “techno-optimism,” the belief that technology can solve all the problems of today and tomorrow. However, techno-optimism is a flawed philosophy that mistakes technology for an environmental cure-all. While the pursuit of ecological sustainability requires the use technology, techno-optimism grossly exaggerates the power of this relationship. It is imperative that techno-optimism be dispelled and replaced with a new, more realistic ideology. Far superior is the notion of techno-realism, which seeks to find the most efficient, most realistic solutions possible while considering all limiting factors of a particular context. However, at this time, it is more important to promote techno-realism as a philosophy than to describe specific techno-realistic solutions to environmental and social concerns. Embracing techno-realism is the first step in understanding that technology, while necessary to protect the environment, is not a panacea in its own right.
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