FAST FIVE: The Ultimate Heresy: Technology Can't Fix What's Broken

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If chopping down irreplaceable tropical hardwood forests is optimized by the incentives to maximize profits, then that's how technology will be applied.

The dryer control board is relatively simple: a handful of low-cost commodity computer chips and a few circuit boards.

It also has to be powerful enough to lift the dryer off the washer (in a stacked configuration), move it to open ground, remove the top, perform the diagnostics, remove the defective board, retrieve the new board, install it correctly, re-assemble the case, test the repaired machine, then lift it back onto the washer.

I have yet to find a true believer in robots will do all the work of humanity who has ever performed even a single repair of a complex system or device caused by a failed board, chip, sensor or software bug – and done so not on a clean factory floor but in the unpredictable real world.

Technology can't fix what's broken, because what's broken is our entire system. For more on this heresy, please check out the first section of my new book (free PDF) If you have an appetite for more heresy: read at your own risk.

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