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Scientific American's Fred Guterl Explores the Threats Posed By Technology 93

Posted by samzenpus
from the keep-your-head-down dept.
Lasrick writes "Fred Guterl is the executive editor of Scientific American, and in this piece he explores various threats posed by the technology that modern civilization relies on. He discusses West African and Indian monsoons, infectious diseases, and computer hacking. Here's a quote: 'Today the technologies that pose some of the biggest problems are not so much military as commercial. They come from biology, energy production, and the information sciences — and are the very technologies that have fueled our prodigious growth as a species. They are far more seductive than nuclear weapons, and more difficult to extricate ourselves from. The technologies we worry about today form the basis of our global civilization and are essential to our survival.'"
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Scientific American's Fred Guterl Explores the Threats Posed By Technology

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 28, 2012 @10:22PM (#42125851)

    No, the article talks about the speculations of one man that pollution might, possibly, sorta, maybe could somehow cause catastrophic problems for some people in the developing world. Naturally, the culprits are the citizens of advanced societies - "greenhouse gases -- emitted mainly from developed countries in the northern hemisphere". Clearly, Tim Lenton is just another academic who is making a good living by blaming his own culture for all the world's ills.

    The Indian monsoon, Lenton believes, could be teetering on a knife's edge, ready to change abruptly in ways that are hard to predict.

    OMG, "could be teetering"? I am so afraid. Someone please hold me.

Computers can figure out all kinds of problems, except the things in the world that just don't add up.