The backers of Singularity University, some of the most influential technologists on the planet seem to think that yes, technology is a logical answer to solving the world’s problems.
Check out this recent exposition from the New York Times.
I argue that advances in technology + moral fortitude are the appropriate combination.
Ultimately, we are humans behind any technology. And, as humans we are the beneficiaries, or not, of any technology.
I recently read this article too from the New York Times — over fifty years ago, the executives at Bell Telephone were concerned that their rising management who were mainly trained as engineers, didn’t have a broader world view to effectively manage people and steer the company. So, they partnered up with the University of Pennsylvania and started the Institute of Humanistic Studies for Executives. They felt: “A well-trained man knows how to answer questions, they reasoned; an educated man knows what questions are worth asking.”
The moral compass available to the human being is what makes us unique as a species — along with our ability to reason and our emotions.
Let’s make sure we continue to go after the right questions — in our quest for technological prowess.
Do we really need to live hundreds of years? Can we more adequately focus our attention and money on applying technology to support comprehensive moral programs that benefit broader humanity in the now?