The Solutionism Trap

Thursday, April 04, 2013

laptop computers (Klein Photography/flickr)

Technology can turn dry reporting into poetry and can revolutionize newsrooms, but it can drive us crazy — and make us less unproductive too. Your stories about the technology you could do with out underscore that technological gains often come at a price.

Evgeny Morozov says the trouble might not be in the technology itself, but how we think about it. He thinks we all need to reconsider what it is we ask of technology — and what excuses we make for it when its benefits come with complications.

Guests:

Evgeny Morozov

Produced by:

Mythili Rao

Comments [2]

Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Most inventions since the beginning of man was intended for good. Quickly, man took that stick and kept whittling away at it, till it became a murder weapon.

Scientists and technology will continue to march forward and the "dark side" will always grab at the ring.

I just had a strange thought: an Alzheimer's patient attached to a Computer which helps the patient...Sound very David Cronenberg, don't you think?

Apr. 04 2013 02:30 PM
Angel from Miami, FL

I am against BIG DATA when it comes to an individual's personal digital stuff. Companies have gone from pushing external backup hard drives to backing up on THE CLOUD. The cloud isn't a shire with leprechauns and unicorns holding your private info in magical bubbles. The cloud is a server farm (bunch of computers) maintained by IT guys who can see all your stuff. And it's not just one - there are backup server farms sometimes located in other countries maintained by other IT guys who can see all of your info. Those bank statements, intimate photos, love letters, whatever you store digitally is now available for all to see. Do you think the cloud is secure? Ask the US government if their data was really protected when it was stolen by the group called Anonymous.

Apr. 04 2013 10:32 AM

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