Fear of new technology

Other Names:
Fear of technological innovation
Irrational rejection of technological change
Antipathy towards innovation

Technology may be regarded as uniformly bad or suspect. In its naive radical form this is based on an appeal to nature in its naturalness, whereby technology is always regarded as a corruption of the pristine state. A more sophisticated perspective sees technology as denying the purity of the life-world.


The effect of new technologies on living systems has been consistently overlooked. New technologies have been introduced often in almost total ignorance or disregard of the biological and ecological systems that they subsequently disturb, and of the dynamic and evolving nature of living systems.

Counter Claim:

The radical technophone is incorrect, since to be human is to break the bond of natural innocence. The use of tools alters the environment and transforms the world. All philosophical appeals to an immediacy of nature in its naturalness, or to the purity of lived experience, are self-defeating.

Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Date of last update
23.06.2018 – 12:37 CEST