During the last couple of decades, technological advancements have altered life around the world in negative ways. These developments are often criticized for causing pollution, destroying the environment, and disrupting social hierarchies. In addition, many people fear that tech companies have too much power.
The impact of technological developments is a challenge that governments cannot easily address. Because technologies are rapidly developing, it can be difficult to develop a clear standard for the technological landscape. However, there are tools available that can shape technology in beneficial directions. Those tools include legal, social, and political frameworks.
Ultimately, understanding the relationship of technology to society requires a nuanced and complex view of how the technology works. This involves examining how the technology is applied and how it changes our ability to adapt to our environment. There are also questions about the purpose of the technology and how it was developed.
Technologists have a tendency to point to the government as the source of solutions to problems. This is problematic because governments have few incentives to engage in social issues. In addition, tech companies are usually unwilling to rein in their creations.
One way to mitigate the impact of technology on society is through an eco-village movement. In this scenario, people are influenced by their diverse experiences to make sure that impacts are properly measured and mitigated. This means that people are responsible for predicting and measuring the impacts, as well as for presenting the final solution to a governing body.