Two good articles on our uneasiness with innovation and new technology.
The Public’s Love-Hate Relationship with Technology
There are many complex factors driving up the cost of healthcare, but one major factor is increasing medical technology. Often new expensive technologies provide incremental, or even questionable, additional benefits but can dramatically increase the cost of health care. This is especially true of in-hospital treatments.
Journalist Steven Overly who anchors and edits The Washington Post’s Innovations blog, where he explores emerging technologies and groundbreaking ideas, writes on our resistance to and unwillingness to accept new innovations.
Humans once opposed coffee and refrigeration. Here’s why we often hate new stuff. – The Washington Post
Humans have a habit of stalling their own progress. From coffee to mechanical refrigeration to genetically altered food, history is littered with innovations that sparked resistance before becoming fixtures in everyday life.