What We Got Wrong About Tech

Tech cars can’t fix dependency issues:

For a long time, I was excited about transportation-related technologies, including applications that made it easier for people to take Uber to a train station or drive a scooter for the last mile to get to work from a bus stop. I thought they would help free the cities from car dependence. I was wrong.

American cities are so dependent on cars that we lack technological options or alternatives. Because we have policies that subsidize automobiles. There is free parking, zoning that separates people’s homes from work and shopping, and lack of investment in public transport, walking and cycling to make car travel options more attractive. These are policy failures. Technology can be helpful, but it is often an extra credit when we have not passed the basic test.

, David Zipper, Visiting Fellows of Harvard Kennedy School who research how cities, technology and people and goods revolve around

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

Everything that makes our lives better, healthier and more secure comes from new technology. But at least with the Industrial Revolution, new technologies are changing people economically. I and many other economists did not fully understand how many jobs would be lost with technology automation and how fast it would happen.

Tech also helped create new jobs, and increased wages, but much of the benefit went to highly educated workers. There are good jobs, but we are not good at taking people to that job and training them for it.

, Allison Schreiger, Senior Fellow of the Manhattan Institute for Conservative Research

Academic records are still scattered throughout:

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

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