Problem

Unintended consequences of technology

Other Names:
Technological revenge effects
Nature:
Revenge effects are not side effects, rather they are a consequence of technological advances acquiring their own unforeseen momentum in ways that are experienced as unpleasant by humanity.
Incidence:
Examples include: the rise of drug-resostant bacteria in response to invention of antibiotics; the increase in road traffic as a resultant of the construction of roads; the increase in paper in efforts to achieve a paperless office.
Claim:
Technology wants to hurt us. Revenge effects could end up destroying the world, or civilization as it is currently known.
Counter Claim:
In nature there are neither rewards not punishments -- there are consequences. (Robert Green Ingersoll).
Problem Type:
J: Problems Under Consideration
Date of last update
01.07.2000 – 00:00 CEST