Distrust of Technology Puts a Break on Innovation

Yesterday evening my first article on a professional opinion platform was published. The website is called The Post Online. Right now it has 64 shares on facebook, for this website the second place of the day. The first place was an article about the political party VVD (the party of the prime minister) making a statement about working together with some of the dictators in the Middle-East, rather than taking them down, and letting IS take control in the power vacuum – for which the party got quite some interest, and flak.

Anyways, my article introduces the topic by referencing a popular futurist television program in the Netherlands, that unfortunately is also quite distrustful of all the interesting developments that are going on, particularly if entrepreneurs are involved…

I note that this is in fact the general mindset amongst opinion makers and politicians in my country. And move on to ponder where this attitude comes from. To underline why I find this strange, I briefly state the tremendous progress that we have been able to enjoy for the last 200, and especially the last 70 years (post-WW2).

My claim is that the pessimism and distrust is due to the Precautionary Principle and that it leads to governmental regulations that suppress innovation because of fears for changes to the status-quo. These interventions, however, take a toll, that remains largely unseen – the lost potential of progress – which makes our living quality suboptimal, and evens costs lives of people in emergency situations, mostly diseases.

For this reason, I propose the Opportunity Principle, which is about allowing innovators and interested people to voluntarily test new methods of doing things.

My final remark is that the Opportunity Principle will ensure a better and more interesting future.

Read the whole article here! (In Dutch)

* I do not have the rights to the featured image, it is the image the website that published my article used to biffy up the interest.