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A crew watches as the damaged blowout preventer from the Deepwater Horizon oil drill is lifted out of the Gulf of Mexico on September 4, 2010. The many failed attempts by experts to stop the oil spill raised public awareness of the limitations of technological solutions to environmental problems.
Photo credit: U.S. Coast Guard/Thomas Blue

If our technology becomes so bold that we become reliant on it to provide for our food, water, clean air, and regulation of the climate itself, critics raise concerns that what we are really passing along to future generations is a dependence on technology. Optimists are unfazed by such concerns and point out how reliant we already are on technology for our food production systems, etc. However, skeptics fear that such a ...

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