In a world more and more enamored with technology and high-tech solutions to difficult problems, the unintended consequences of technology are becoming more evident. It’s not just the cost and the fact that high-tech solutions are usually only accessible to those in developed countries, but there is also the added environmental costs of energy usage, pollution during the manufacturing process, scrap and non-reusability of parts, etc. The list goes on.
But sometimes, complex problems can be better solved with a low-tech solution. I came across this TED talk recently about the use of rodents in clearing land mines and also in detecting tuberculosis. Both of these tasks could be done with sophisticated machinery, but the fact is, they can also be done simply and less expensively with some “outside the box” thinking.
As a former biologist I hit my head with a “why didn’t I think of that”? I guess we are all becoming blinded by the growing cultural myopia that technology is the only answer.
See for yourself. I for one am going to put on my low-tech thinking cap. How about you?
Tight Lines . . .