Technology's fast development reduces freedom and diversity
Our relationship with technology needs redefining
We have been creating an astonishing amount of powerful new technologies over the last few generations. Many great advantages have come out of this development. But are we capable of handling this unprecedented flood of technological innovation?
Overpopulation, electronics dependency, mass surveillance and erosion of privacy, species extinction, arms races, rising energy needs, pollution, lifestyle diseases, overuse of natural resources, etc. They all have a common root: the power of our technologies.
Apart from developments like those just listed, there is a more basic threat arising from our fast and broad technological progression: the elimination of freedom and diversity.
The more technology comes into our lives, the more we let it determine and standardize our existences, the more that dictating and standardizing reduces freedom and diversity.
If we value freedom and diversity, we must restrain technological development.
Questions can help stimulate the much needed discussion about the relationship between us humans and our technologies.
A collection of articles by James Heim which discuss various aspects of our technology culture.