Unintended consequences of technology

Other Names:
Technological revenge effects

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.


Examples include: the rise of drug-resistant 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.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST