Developing Capabilities and Solving Problems
It doesn't seem obvious to me that "The implicit assumption that good technologies should solve problems is everywhere" or "Technologies as solutions to problems is the dominant framework for thinking about them."
Who are the people you're responding to, who supposedly put too much emphasis on technologies as solutions to problems?
I have often thought that invention is the mother of necessity, more often than not. Example: When I was young, no one "needed" a smartphone--they didn't exist. But once they're invented and become widespread, everyone feels that they can't spend a minute apart from a smartphone.