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#46A THE TECHNOLOGICAL FIX MENTALITY 

In looking for solutions to problems, whether they be pressing societal problems or those causing minor human inconvenience, I look first to human technological ingenuity, and engineering design / problem solving skills. It is in the demonstrated ability of engineers and planners using technology assessment to find technology-based solutions to such problems that I put my faith and trust. Their efforts have steadily brought nature under human control and increased human comfort.

Alternate Concise Characterization with Wikipedia Entries:

has faith in Technology Assessment

has faith in Engineering Design Process

prefers Technocentrism to Ecocentrism

prefers Technoprogressivism to Bioconservatism

summary Wikipedia article: Technological Fix

Numerical Characterization with TFJD code: 3113

Numerical Characterization with Emotional Volatility VI index: 3

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Technology   (from online encyclopedia)
Technological Change (from online encyclopedia)
Geoengineering (from online encyclopedia)
Technology Transfer  (from online encyclopedia)
Appropriate Technology (from online encyclopedia)
Environmental Impact Assessment  (from online encyclopedia)
Precautionary Principle   (from online encyclopedia)
Technological Singularity (from online encyclopedia)
Carbon Capture and Storage (another example of a technological fix; from online encyclopedia)
Worldview Watch issue #7: Geoengineering, Economics, and Restraint
Worldview Watch issue #10: Technology, Disasters, and Moralistic Apocalpyticism
The Center for Science in the Public Interest
The Technological Fix  (from Clemson University professor)
Technology Review  (popular magazine from MIT)
The Stone Age Institute: Technology, Adaptation, Evolution
International Center for Technology Assessment
The MIT Joint Program on the Science & Policy of Global Change
Environmental Issues -- online reports from The National Academy of Sciences
International Issues -- online reports from The National Academy of Sciences
Can Technology Replace Social Engineering? by Alvin Weinberg
Will Technology Save Us From Overpopulation?, by Julia Sommerfeld, MSNBC

The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies by E. Brynjolfssen, A. McAfee (review of 2013 book)

Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other by Sherry Turkle (Bill Moyers talks with author of this 2013 book)
The Switch: How Solar, Storage and New Tech Means Cheap Power for All by Chris Goodall (review by Pilita Clark of this 2016 book posted on the Financial Times)
The Great Convergence—Information Technology and the New Globalisation by Richard Baldwin (book review from The Economist November 19 2016)
"Artificial Intelligence: March of the Machines" (leader for cover story re: lengthy section on this topic in The Economist June 25 2016)
"Mobile Telecoms--Wireless: The Next Generation"  (report on new wave of mobile technology from The Economist Feb 20 2016)
"Novel 'nano-reactor' pumps out hydrogen biofuel" by Brooks Hays   |   (Jan. 5, 2016 report from Science News)
"Genome Editing: The Age of the Red Pen" (cover story on the ultimate technological fix from The Economist August 22, 2015)
"Technology in Africa--The Pioneering Continent"  (article from The Economist Apr 25 2015)\
"A Long Way From Zero--NYC Takes On Traffic Fatalities" (tech fix approach to traffic safety, PBS News Hour Nov 23 2014)
"Thorium Reactors: Asgard's Fire" (article about promising nuclear reactor technology from The Economist April 12 2014)
"The 50 Greatest Breakthroughs Since the Wheel" by James Fallows (cover story from The Atlantic Nov 2013)
Carbonic Computer--Cylinder Head" (article about first computer from carbon nanotubes, in The Economist Sep 28 2013
"Labels for GMO Foods Are a Bad Idea" (opinion piece about genetically modified foods from the editors of Scientific American Sep 2013)
Elon Musk on the Hyperloop: His High Speed Inter City Transportation Proposed Technology (Aug 12 2013 story from Bloomberg Business Week)
"Stem Cell Therapies: Prometheus Unbound" (article from The Economist July 6 2013)
"The Cure for Obesity" by David Freedman (about the rethinking/reengineering of junk food, from The Atlantic July 2013)
"To Save Everything, Click Here" by Evgeny Morozov (review of this 2013 book skeptical of technical "solutionist" mentality, on The Guardian website)
"A Strange Computer Promises Great Speed" by Quentin Hardy (Mar 2013 NY Times report on Lockheed Martin's quantum computer) 
"One Rat Brain 'Talks' To Another Using Electronic Link" by Jen Whyntie (Feb 28 2013 BBC News report)
"The Robot Will See You Now" by Jonathan Cohn (article about the future of computers in medicine from The Atlantic March 2013)
"Has the Ideas Machine Broken Down?" (article about innovation and new technology from The Economist Jan 2013)
"Technology and Geography: A Sense of Place" (special report from The Economist Oct 27 2012)
"A Third Industrial Revolution" (special report by The Economist April 21 2012 issue)
"Germany Embarks on Historic Alternative Energy Push" (Mar 19 2012 report posted on Common Dreams website)
The Quest by Daniel Yergin (Sept 20 2011 NY Times book review by Dwight Garner)
Biology is Technology by Rob Carlson (2010 book from Harvard University Press, read excerpts at website) 
What Technology Wants by Kevin Kelly (read excerpts at Technium of this 2010 book from Viking/Penguin)
The Nature of Technology by W. Brian Arthur (2009 book offers theory on origins, evolution of technology)
Environment, Technology, and the Economy (from Business Roundtable)
Managing the Risks of Technological Change (ch. 3 in book from UN's Human Development Reports Program)
Human Contributions and Responses to Environmental Change (a 2003 report from US Climate Change Science Program)
U.S. Government Science & Technology Web Resources
Science and Technology for Canadians: Environment, Air, Climate (many links)
Center for Democracy and Technology ("working for democratic values in a digital age")
Issues in Science & Technology--national academies reports
Engineering--Popular Programs (links to two dozen UCTV programs on this topic)
"Artificial Intelligence: machines for thinking" (review of books related to this topic from The Economist October 3 2015)
Singularity--2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal by Lev Grossman (Feb 21 2011 Time cover story)

The Singularity is Near by Ray Kurzweil  (to some Kurzweil is “technology’s prophet" and this 2005 book is his gospel)

"Time for OTA," by Ralph Nader (2010 article urging U.S. Office of Technology Assessment be reinstated)
"Who's Afraid of Synthetic Biology? by Ronald Bailey (from Reason May 25, 2010)
Power Trip: From Oil Wells to Solar Cells by Amanda Little (more about this 2009 book)
Tech.view (weekly "column on the science and gadgetry of everyday life" from The Economist)
Automotive Technology: The Future of Cars (article in Scientific American Nov 2009 issue)
Automotive Technology: Plug in America (organization promoting "the shift to plug in vehicles")
Total Recall by Gordon Bell and Jim Gemmell (2009 book about "the E memory revolution")
"Who Needs the Grid?" by Lane Wallace (re: new fuel cell technology, from The Atlantic December 2009)
"Stem Cell Research: The Quest Resumes," by Alice Park (article in Time February 9 2009)
"Finding Energy All Around Us," by Bryan Walsh (micro-power sources, article in Time March 17 2008)
"The Farmer's Bank," by Bryan Walsh (insuring agriculture vs. doomsday, article in Time February 11 2008)
"Blueprint Brigade," by Bryan Walsh (article about Engineers Without Borders in Time December 10 2007)
"Green Motors / The History of the Electric Car," by Bryan Walsh (in Time, on web, October 22, 2007)
The Design of Future Things, by Donald Norman (review of this 2007 book)
Science & Technology Studies Links (from NC State University, policy research focus)
National Center for Biotechnology Information
Applying the Precautionary Principle to Nanotechnology (from the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology)
Dictionary of Technical Terms for Aerospace Use (comprehensive NASA effort, a bit dated)
quotes related to science and technology

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