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In confronting big problems or minor human inconvenience / irritation, I look to technological ingenuity / engineering design / problem solving skills. I trust engineers and planners using technology assessment to find technology-based solutions to such problems. Such efforts have steadily brought nature under control and greatly increased human comfort.  (Note: critics say labor-saving “advances” have promoted unhealthy sedentary lives, social media etc. have promoted virtual interactions over in person, real ones, and out of control technology threatens both ecosystem and planetary environmental health.)

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a spade WV Theme...

...individual <---> nature

the theme is paired with:  #47A Attitudinal Fix   to make Choice #49  in the Choices We Make cards 

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 Project Worldview authored discussion, Worldview Watch related issues, songs, etc.  

Discussion from The Worldview Literacy Book Songs
Worldview Watch issue #52:The Circle:  Perfectibility Through Participatory Social Interaction 
Worldview Watch issue #10: Technology, Disasters, and Moralistic Apocalpyticism
Worldview Watch issue #7: Geoengineering, Economics, and Restraint

Wikipedia articles related to this theme:

Technology Technological Fix Engineering Design Process
Technocentrism Technoprogressivism Technology Assessment
Geoengineering Technological Change Appropriate Technology
Precautionary Principle Technology Transfer  Environmental Impact Assessment
dismisses criticism of technology Technological Singularity Carbon Capture and Storage
  Technocracy Robotic Spacecraft

 worldview internal inconsistency related: Strongly valuing this theme and any of the themes in the list below is a contradiction:

#4 Spreading Disinformation / Tactical Deception #7B Magic #15   The Group Think Imperative #18A Passionately Impulsive  
#36A Cynicism #47B Pacifism / Non-Violence   #104B  Respect for Nature #201B Positive Expectations

More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #46A: Technological Fix

The Center for Science in the Public Interest
The Technological Fix  (from Clemson University professor)
Technology Review  (popular magazine from MIT)
Cleantechnica (clean energy / renewable energy news and links to many articles) 
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
Nature's Operating Instructions: The True Biotechnologies ed. by Kenny Ausubel and J. P. Harpignies (from Sierra Club Books)

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)
How melting glaciers could help stop global warming by Dino Grandoni  (using "rock flour" report, from The Washington Post April 6 2024)
Uzbekistan recently broke ground on the region’s first green hydrogen-wind plant by Leslie Sattler (report from Yahoo News Jan 27 2024)
Elon Musk's Neuralink has Implanted its First Chip in a Human Brain. What's Next? by Ben Guarino (from Scientific American online Jan 30 2024)
Natural Hydrogen Could Change the World, If We Understood It  by David Ficking (post on Bloomberg July 31 2023)  
Device hits 20% solar-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency by Silvia Clark-Rice (posted July 24 2023 on site)

"Form Energy to deploy 100-hour iron-air battery system in Georgia"  by Ashwini Sakharkar  (posted on InceptiveMind July 1 2023)

"Electric Water Heaters Are Better at Storing Energy Than a Tesla Powerwall" by Darren Orf  (posted on Popular Mechanics June 9 2023)
Climate technology--carbon removal  (report from The Economist May 27 2023)
Worries about Artificial Intelligence  (report from The Economist April 22 2023)
"It is harder for new electric grids to balance supply and demand" (part of “Technology Quarterly” report from The Economist, April 5 2023)
Genomics: Twenty Years Later (reviews important biotechnology developments, from The Economist April15 2023)
Smaller, safer, cheaper? Modular nuclear plants could reshape coal country by Evan Halper (from The Washington Post Feb 19 2023)
Planting Bamboo to Fight Climate Change (one example from inventory of project Drawdown ways to pull carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere) 
This new idea could reduce steel’s carbon emissions by 90% by B. David Zarley (post on Freethink Feb 5 2023)

Fusion energy breakthrough by US scientists boosts clean power hopes by Tom Wilson (story posted on ARS Technica Dec 12 2022)

Rolls Royce rolls out hydrogen jet engine by Saul Elbein (posted on The Hill Nov 28 2022)
Genetic Modification--Realizing the Revolution (from The Economist August 27 2022)
The First Underground Warren for Disposing of Spent Nuclear Fuel  (report from The Economist June 25 2022)
"Wyoming Has Become Test Case for Carbon Capture" by Nicholas Kusnetz  (Inside Climate News May 29, 2022)
Carbon Nanotechnology--Pouring Graphene's Bright Future  (report from The Economist May 21 2022)
The Discrete Charm of Nuclear Power (oped from The Economist November 13 2021)

This ingenious wall could harness enough wind power to cover your electric bill by Elissaveta M. Brandon  (posted on Oct 19 2021)

"Technion researchers discover cheap way to extract hydrogen fuel from H2O"  (September 14 2021 Israeli news report)
3D Printing and Construction (report from The Economist August 21 2021)   

"Swedish Group Delivers the World’s First Batch of Green Steel" by Dharna Noor (from Gizmodo Aug 20 2021)

“New molten salt battery for grid-scale storage runs at low temp and cost”  By Nick Lavars   (July 21 2021 report from New Atlas)
“Making clean hydrogen is hard, but researchers just solved a major hurdle” (report from UT Austin July 19 2021)
Fusion Power—commercial development progress (report from The Economist June 26 2021)
“The Future of Mining” (article from The Economist June 26 2021)
"Hydrogen Powered Flight" (report from The Economist December 12 2020)
“After many false starts, hydrogen power might now bear fruit” (report from The Economist July  4 2020)

"Ten big global challenges technology could solve--None is easy, but all are incredibly important" (article in MIT Technology Review Feb 27, 2019

"We Already Have the World’s Most Efficient Carbon Capture Technology" By Emily Chasan (article about “The Tree That Will Save the World” and offsetting carbon emissions in Bloomberg Aug 3 2019)

"Redesigning Life: The Promise and Perils of Synthetic Biology" (oped leader from The Economist April 6 2019)
"'Sun in a box' would store renewable energy for the grid "  (Dec 5 2018 based on MIT report)

"The scientist still fighting for the clean fuel the world forgotby James Temple  ( from May 15, 2018  MIT Technology Review)

“Why Nuclear Fusion Is Back. Again.” by AP writers & Scott Montgomery (post from University of Washington profgessor, on Popular Mechanics April 9 2018)
Cell Free Biotech Will Make for Better Products (article from The Economist May 6 2017)
The Great Convergence—Information Technology and the New Globalisation by Richard Baldwin (book review from The Economist November 19 2016)
Homo Deus: A Brief History of  Tomorrow by Y. Harari (review by Tim Adams on The Guardian Sept 11 2016)
"Growing Leather in Factories"   (report in The Economist August 26 2017)
"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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