This is excerpted from the article "Why I Am Not Going to Buy a Computer" by Wendell Berry
To make myself as
plain as I can, I should give my standards for technological innovation in my own work. They are as follows:-
new tool should be cheaper than the one it replaces.
2. It should be at least as small in scale as the one it replaces.
It should do work that is clearly and demonstrably better than the one it replaces.
4. It should use less energy than the
one it replaces.
5. If possible, it should use some form of solar energy, such as that of the body.
6. It should be
repairable by a person of ordinary intelligence, provided that he or she has the necessary tools.
7. It should be purchasable
and repairable as near to home as possible.
8. It should come from a small, privately owned shop or store that will take
it back for maintenance and repair.
9. It should not replace or disrupt anything good that already exists, and this includes
family and community relationships.