Eclectic Curiosity

Posted on May 5th, 2002, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Uncategorized. No Comments

Been away for the last week, but I’m back… with perhaps the best article ever written about technology with regard to the environment. Chris Turner penned “Why Technology is Failing Us” for Shift Magazine a couple of years ago but it still holds as an outstanding essay about misplaced priorities. “It was impossible even to conceive of using a cellular phone to look at web pages in 1990, the year the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued its first report on global warming. Even in 1995, the year that the IPCC asserted that global warming was a reality, there was essentially no demand for web-enabled cellphones. Why, then, is there such a rush — and such vast reserves of cash, talent, time and wherewithal — to bring web-enabled cellphones to market? Why, that is, have we put such an enormous amount of our resources into developing new technologies to solve problems that were only called into being by slightly older technologies?”

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