Should technology save the world?

March 8th, 2013

Imagine a "connected" car that when the check engine light comes on, it diagnoses the problem, contacts the appropriate repair place and makes the first available appointment for you, all without you having to do anything. Effortless, frictionless and some would argue, antithetical to the human need to have more control over our environment.

There is no question that the geeks and entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley want to change the world. That they want digital solutions to all the worlds problems. The problem might be argued is that they also want to define those problems and in that way, may be trying to transform human nature in ways that may not be in its long term best interests.

These are some of the ideas of technology contrarian Evgeny Morozov.  He lays all of this out in his new work, To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism.

My conversation with Evgeny Morozov: