Geo-Engineering – An Idea Whose Time Ought Never Come

Human technology is, along with the population growth made possible by technology, the foundation of the anthropocene era. Technology's ultimate end is to expand carrying capacity so that we can accommodate a growing population, and bears many unintended consequences of which global warming is one of the most serious. The technologies in question over the past few hundred thousand years include the intentional use of fire, development of hand tools, agriculture, wheels, shipbuilding, architecture, culminating in the industrial era and widespread use of fossil fuels. There is a long list of unintended technological consequences and progress traps that have effectively put an end to every large-scale complex society in human history.