Technology Can’t Solve All Problems

Published September 28, 2006

Dear Editor:

I have nothing but admiration and respect for Andy Grove (co-founder of Intel), but I think he overestimates how much the solutions to our health care and energy problems depend on technology [“On the Road,” October 2]. No technology can effectively coordinate the behavior of millions of people across the U.S. with their millions of different wants and needs. No technology, that is, except the free market and its price system.

The problem in both health care and energy policy is we impose political values onto a market, distorting prices and creating massive inefficiencies.

Grove is a brilliant engineer. But human behavior cannot be engineered the way a computer can. Any solution to public policy that fails to take this into account will be a dismal failure, no matter how advanced our technology.


Michael Van Winkle

Michael Van Winkle ([email protected]) manages media relations for The Heartland Institute.