Nature and technology

Technology is mistaken to be our ability to overpower nature. But nature cannot be overwhelmed.

Technologists are often portrayed as being the opponents of nature. Several nature lovers view technology with suspicion, seeing it as a means to destroy nature. However, this is often short-sighted. The best technology is in sync with the laws of nature, rather than at odds with it. The best technology is in step with nature and thereby harnesses its power.

Technology that isn’t in line with natural law backfires either in the short-term or in the long-term. The longest of time-horizons, of course, is only known to and is accessible to nature itself.

As Francis Bacon already summed up 4 centuries earlier, ‘Nature cannot be commanded, except by being obeyed’.

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