Teuchnikskreis

noun

Definition: Using new technologies to tackle environmental symptoms and byproducts caused by other (possibly older) technologies, which will in turn eventually produce their own unintended by-products and problems— for which newer technologies will then need to be produced. Teuchnikskreis is characterized by a sense of being stuck in a vicious cycle or spiral, thinking technology will be the solution to the problems created by technology.

Origin: Andre Baier, Germany, during Paris COP21 Field Studies, 2015.

Portmanteau of

Teufelskrieis: Common German term, a catch 22, literally Devil Circle

&

Techuik: German, Technology

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