Technology & Society

Technology is only a tool. It is an amazing tool, and one that has had, on balance, a profoundly positive impact on the world. But it is still only a tool. It can only ever reflect our values back at us. Seemingly innocent technologies can have surprisingly negative effects - inequality, political capture, and instability in social networks - along with the emergence of profound disruptions like social dishession and de-professionalization. Technology should never simply make us feel good or ease us through our day; it must always challenge us. When we turn technology off we should be better people than when we turned it on.