One of the great aspects of working at Red Herring was that I used to get into long discussions with our editor, Jason Pontin. I was reminded of those when I read this most eloquent of essays in MIT Technology Review, which he edits.
It’s not true that we can’t solve big problems through technology; we can. We must. But all these elements must be present: political leaders and the public must care to solve a problem, our institutions must support its solution, it must really be a technological problem, and we must understand it.
Find time to read the whole thing