Countering techno-solutionist dogma

A few months ago I heard an interview with Stephen Diehl, a leading critic of crypto. I then read the Letter in Support of Responsible Fintech Policy from June 2022. Here are five takeaways that have stuck with me, and which I believe apply greatly to architecture and the future of constructing the built world.
  1. An informed society can make better decisions around the safety and practicality of emerging technology development. How safe does a technology need to be in order to call it safe enough? And safe enough for what purpose? Too often a new technology is a solution in search of a problem.
  2. Governance of emerging technologies is murky; it’s not clear who is in control of development, making regulation an afterthought. Innovation must be democratized.
  3. I am a skeptic of the techno-solutionist dogma that innovative technology is unreservedly good. I am advocate for "an approach that protects the public interest and ensures technology is deployed in genuine service to the needs of ordinary citizens."
  4. "Not all innovation is unqualifiedly good; not everything that we can build should be built. The history of technology is full of dead ends, false starts, and wrong turns."
  5. "We must have a responsible approach to technological innovation and ensure that individuals globally are not left vulnerable to predatory systemic economic risks in the name of technological potential which does not exist."