Although this might seem a compelling argument against technology I feel that we need to take a broader view about how technology is created and used. We create technologies with the objective of improving our quality of life. When food sources were insecure we devised hunting, gathering and farming technologies. When disease created discomfort and untimely death we developed medical and health related technologies and more recently, when life was hard and dominated by work we have created time saving and domestic technologies such as white goods…and perhaps less impressive is our development of leisure technologies to overcome boredom.
I think that the health of our ecological environment is increasingly being seen as a key drivers of our quality of life (even if this is in part this is due to the technologies we have developed).In response to this, we will mobile global technology development to creating a sustainable response. What is more, the time that it has taken for us to devise, create, produce and adopt these technologies will happen at an increasingly rapid rate.
I believe key to this mobilisation is communication and mobile technologes. Communication technologies such as the phone, television, the internet and social technologies have allowed us to see the impact that we are having on a global scale (and these communication technologies will also allowing us to collaborate and developed the next wave of technologies at an even faster rate).Mobile technology will be the next big thing when it comes to enabling ecologically sustainable development.
There are the immediate benefits of mobile technology such as reduced carbon emissions from the ability to work remotely and attend meetings digitally. In addition, tablets will dramatically cut our reliance on paper due to the ability to transport and access information when away from our computers. But perhaps the greatest benefit of mobile technology is that it frees us from our cubicles and allows us to reconnect with the world around us.
By being able to operate our businesses from the world in which we live I believe we will become far more aware of the impact that we have. In our business life we can be immensely powerful with the ability to summon and direct huge amounts of resources towards achieving our objectives. I believe that if we can do this whilst connected to the outside world we are likely to make decisions that are not only economically sound but also positively impact our environment and our future quality of life.