Technology: Blessing or Curse?

Technology is in our pockets, our homes, and shaping our world faster than we can always keep up with. It connects us across the globe and holds the promise of solving our biggest problems. But is it making our lives truly better?

Let's get into it:

Automation & Work: Assembly lines are now run by robots. Self-driving cars are on the horizon. How does the future of work look, and are we prepared for the disruption it will cause to the economy?

Social Media: Friend or Foe? We get birthday reminders and can share moments with faraway loved ones thanks to social media. But, are we getting more lonely despite this connectedness? Does it make us hate each other more?

Playing God: Medicine vs. Enhancement Prosthetics help people regain abilities, but where's the line between restoring function and creating superpowers? Will "designer babies" engineered for strength or intelligence be the next frontier?

What do you think? Is technology taking us forward, or pushing us dangerously close to something we can't control?

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  • Is technology taking us forward, or pushing us dangerously close to something we can't control?

     

    Technology is always doing both — taking us forward — and pushing us toward something we can't control.

    Is fire good or bad?

    There was a time in human existence, when fire was humanity's most advanced technology.  It can keep us warm.  It can cook our food.  It can light our way.  It can signal over great distance.  It can keep predators at bay.

    But, it can also burn the whole village down.  Right?

    And if you think that fire couldn't have ended all of humanity, then you're ignoring or you're unaware of certain events.

    There was a time when the human population dwindled down to about 1,000.  We were an endangered species.  A dozen (or so) out-of-control fires in the largest villages — that may have been enough to cause the whole population to collapse.

    Not directly.  But, the resulting inbreeding would have sent the survivors down a genetic dead-end.

    We've been on the brink of extinction a few times.  Eventually, we will go extinct.

    99% of all species have done it!  What are you?  Chicken?  C'mon!  All "the cool" species have done it!  And all of the other hominid species — including the 2 with whom we coexisted: Neanderthal (in Europe) and Denisovan (in Asia). :-)

    Think about it.  There are 2 species of gorilla remaining.  There are 2 species of chimpanzee remaining.  But, only 1 hominid species remains: homo sapiens.

    Clearly, evolution is trying to tell the hominids something.  But, most homo sapiens believe, "We are the peak of evolution."  Or... they don't believe in evolution.

    We'll see. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    To end on a positive note...

    The same man who digs himself into a hole with a shovel — can climb out with a ladder. ;-)

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  • Is technology taking us forward, or pushing us dangerously close to something we can't control?

     

    Technology is always doing both — taking us forward — and pushing us toward something we can't control.

    Is fire good or bad?

    There was a time in human existence, when fire was humanity's most advanced technology.  It can keep us warm.  It can cook our food.  It can light our way.  It can signal over great distance.  It can keep predators at bay.

    But, it can also burn the whole village down.  Right?

    And if you think that fire couldn't have ended all of humanity, then you're ignoring or you're unaware of certain events.

    There was a time when the human population dwindled down to about 1,000.  We were an endangered species.  A dozen (or so) out-of-control fires in the largest villages — that may have been enough to cause the whole population to collapse.

    Not directly.  But, the resulting inbreeding would have sent the survivors down a genetic dead-end.

    We've been on the brink of extinction a few times.  Eventually, we will go extinct.

    99% of all species have done it!  What are you?  Chicken?  C'mon!  All "the cool" species have done it!  And all of the other hominid species — including the 2 with whom we coexisted: Neanderthal (in Europe) and Denisovan (in Asia). :-)

    Think about it.  There are 2 species of gorilla remaining.  There are 2 species of chimpanzee remaining.  But, only 1 hominid species remains: homo sapiens.

    Clearly, evolution is trying to tell the hominids something.  But, most homo sapiens believe, "We are the peak of evolution."  Or... they don't believe in evolution.

    We'll see. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    To end on a positive note...

    The same man who digs himself into a hole with a shovel — can climb out with a ladder. ;-)

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