The « Low Tech », A set of ecological and social solutions
As seen previously, « low tech » represents a valuable way to help preserve our planet, especially thanks to technologies that consume less energy.
But in addition to the environmental issues, the implementation of low tech could also revitalize the economy and create jobs. Therefore, it also has a social appeal.
Indeed, high-tech technologies greatly affect human hiring in many areas. As observed in many countries, employees are being made redundant by many brands and are replaced by robots. Sometimes, this can be beneficial to avoid jobs that are too difficult for humans, such as carrying heavy loads or performing repetitive tasks. However, we must not fall into excess and start replacing workers who should not.
The High Technologies and Artificial Intelligence (AI) also contribute to deteriorate the cerebral functions of humans, their imagination, and their creativity. Indeed, we can, for example, directly witness how the algorithms of social networks choose the content that we will consume and how that leads to less demand on our cerebral functions.
Overexploitation of AI and High Tech can then affect our skills, in addition to having a significant impact on the loss of jobs for many workers.
Nevertheless, thanks to the Low Tech, we can create new job opportunities.
We can, for example, quote the uncommon job of the delivery man/woman of glass bottles for different kinds of drinks.
To stop the utilization of plastic, some companies, such as « Le Fourgon », a French stratup,propose to deliver drinks in glass bottles and collect them when they are empty. Low Tech has led to the creation of new career opportunities, like this one.
Actually, various job opportunities exist within low tech industries. These industries might include agriculture, construction, traditional crafts, small scale manufacturing and more.
Low tech jobs emphasize the demand for skilled workers in these fields and how they contribute to the economy. Those jobs are often practical and allow workers to strengthen their skills and knowledge to progress quickly in their profession, making them essential and irreplaceable.
Advantages of Low Tech jobs
Low-tech approaches align with sustainability and environmental concerns. Certain low-tech practices, such as organic farming and eco-friendly crafts, can open doors to green jobs and contribute to a more sustainable future.
Low-tech industries can also have economic advantages, such as reduced dependency on expensive technologies. This can lead to more opportunities for people to start their own businesses and create jobs for others.
Finally, embracing low-tech approaches can help preserve traditional skills and crafts that might otherwise be lost. This preservation can lead to the revitalization of cultural heritage and create jobs for artisans and craftsmen.
In brief, low-tech industries can demonstrate more resilience during economic downturns or global crises. Since they often rely on simple and time-tested methods, they might be less vulnerable to disruptions caused by technological or supply chain issues.
Consequently, even if today high tech is essential to our society and its functioning, it is important to bring a measure to it and to confront it with low tech to allow a better management of our environment, from an ecological, economical, cultural and social point of view.