Dangers of technology

There is an interesting article in an anthropology blog on the dangers of technology. Elite classes have, for obvious reasons, always been early adapters and it would seem that they have, for quite a few times, also got bitten by this without realizing what struck them — as in cases of lead poisoning in Ancient Rome or in Tokugawa Japan. This does, however, beg a question if these kind of dangers should somehow be a thing of the past. Of course, I am not talking about lead poisoning here, but as our lives are increasingly determined by ever new technologies that we are very ill equipped to assess there must be a pretty good chance that something gets overlooked. So perhaps those anti-GMO people might really be onto something.

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