Does Faith in Technology Have a Downside?

Does Faith in Technology Have a Downside?

Google MapsWe’ve seen how faith in our government institutions and in the news media have been tested lately. Our faith in technology might soon be tested as well. A story in the Seattle Times that originated in the Washington Post takes a look at our reliance on something as simple as Google Maps and how easy it can be manipulated to show traffic where none exists. The point of the demonstration, which was deemed performance art by the person creating it, was to question how much trust we should have in technology that’s accepted as commonplace and relied on. A simple hack can be used to fool us. Google Maps didn’t treat this as a crisis and shouldn’t have. Their media response was lighthearted and at the correct level of concern. Still, we are left with an uncomfortable feeling that maybe what we take as beneficial technology, might have a real downside if the purpose were not so innocent.