If you ask just about anyone who makes a living predicting the future of societies and economies in the developed world, they will tell you we are a technology driven society. New ideas, products, and systems will change our lives and get us out of any jam.
Yet our economy is still hopelessly tied to the market for oil, despite its increasing dysfunction and, more importantly, the existence of proven technologies that can give us energy independence, sustainability, and conservation.
New ideas themselves are not the answer. Implementing them is the real skill of technology, and on that score the developed world is failing horribly. Why and how is worth discussing, especially in light of the faith we put in this thing called “technology”. It is, in the end, about our values.