What we were wrong about Tech

The technique can not solve problems caused by car addiction:

For a long time, I was passionate about transportation-related technologies, including apps that made it easier for people to take an Uber to a train station or a ride on a scooter the last mile to work from a bus stop. I thought they would help cities free themselves from car addiction. I was mistaken.

America’s cities are so dependent on cars, not because we lack technical options or alternatives. That’s because we have policies that subsidize cars. There is free parking, zoning that separates people’s homes from work and shopping, and lack of investment in public transportation, walking and cycling to make alternatives to car rides more attractive. These are political failures. Technology can be a help, but often it is extra merit when we have not passed the basic test.

David zipper, a visiting fellow at Harvard Kennedy School who researches cities, technology and how people and goods move around

Technology improved people’s lives and incomes, but the gains were uneven:

Virtually everything that makes our lives better, healthier and safer comes from new technology. But since at least the industrial revolution, new technology is also displacing people economically. What I and many other economists did not quite understand was how many jobs would be lost due to technology automation and how fast it would happen.

Tech also helped create new jobs, and wages have risen, but a large portion of the profits went to advanced knowledge workers. There are good jobs out there, but we’re just not good at getting people to that job and training them for it.

Allison Schrager, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a conservative research center

Education records are still scattered all over:

It is now much easier, but far from perfect, to access my health records online due to policy and technological changes over the last decade. I assumed that electronic training journals would come soon after that. They do not have that. Workers, parents and businesses still have no easy way to retrieve records from education and job training. It hurts us and the economy.

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