"If you think technology will solve your problems then you don't understand technology and you don't understand your problems."
-- Laurie Anderson
I am prepared to accept a broader proposition:
"If you think any one thing or any one approach will solve your problems then you don't understand the universe and you don't understand your problems."
Not as pithy, but it gets further along in characterizing the requirements of living in a complex universe...and in hinting that we need to refine our notions of "problem" and "understanding"...
When we use nouns in the game of language we adopt the stance that, through their use, we can discriminate and indicate "things" -- defined by criterial sets or by "family resemblances" -- which permit them to be referred to, broadly or narrowly, as permanent, temporary or ad hoc unities.
If there is no way that "technology" can be referred to as a "thing" then, I would submit, Anderson's quote loses most of its force...
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