The mainstream Media, business media as well blogosphere including the otherwise sane bloggers with uncanny prophetic exaltation welcome brand new cool thing, so-called “disruptive technologies” that are changing the world as we know it daily and even nightly as we sleep. A learned class of worshipers of the technological innovation as panacea to all economic and social ills grows louder and louder pushing us or rather bullying us into the new Age of Disruptive Innovation and out of the Age of Reason that apparently went out of fashion among world’s financial elites.
In old good days when American working people were not allowed to be unhappy American government with tacit approval from power elites made sure that all were busy doing something that would make them unlikely to contemplate what was actually going on in their country, namely fusion of state with capital in unprecedented scale, effects we are experiencing now.
Throughout centuries engineers had to face reality of balancing their professional, technical and scientific judgments with governmental laws/regulations and policies, business/corporate profits and investment interests, technological capabilities and local environmental and economical community needs. In order to keep this balance most of engineers were trained within widest possible engineering breath encompassing all aspects of engineering issues and projects including construction and exploitation phases as well as long-term impact on ecosystem, from point of view of ethics and methodology of natural sciences. Especially emphasizing ethical interpretation of engineering assessment uncertainties.