Study: Technological progress alone won’t stem resource use.
IDC Principal Investigator Chris Magee, professor of the practice of engineering systems in MIT’s Institute for Data, Systems, and Society, recently published in the journal Technological Forecasting and Social Change. His research focuses on Jevons’ Paradox and the effect on consumer use of materials. His suggestion to reduce materials consumption and achieve a sustainable world: “What it’s going to take is much more difficult than just letting technological change do it,” Magee says. “Social and cultural change, people talking to each other, cooperating, might do it. That’s not the way we’re going right now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do it.”