I have never dreamed of flying through space. I have never longed for traveling faster than the speed of light. I am not impressed by UFO sightings or the perspective of knowing aliens. I am not interested in altering the genomes of any of my descendants. I am not interested in denying age or refusing to die. I am writing this on an excellent computer, but I am not sure to enjoy my computer more than I used to enjoy the effect of a newly sharp pencil on a crispy white paper sheet, or the feeling of making my way through the pages Soft of a gigantic encyclopedia, or the fun of recording favorite songs on the radio on a stutter cassette tape or watching a classic movie in a blink, which comes that VHS bought in a sale of car boots. The fact is that progress is ambivalent, it is not always 100% good and, as it creates the new, destroys the old. It is possible that one day we enjoy the emotion of a new bright driver, but we will certainly look back with the desire of the emotion of driving ourselves. Even as we get excited about technological change, we miss many of the things that technological change erases.
Progress is a two -way street. What science promises with one hand, takes away the other. A cure for something could induce a condition for something else. All medications have side effects. All medical treatment is an act of balance between evils, as the current pandemic has been clearly demonstrated. Which is fine whenever the patient’s interests remain essential. However, when medical treatment is based on money, it throws ethical dilemmas. And since private science and money now always seem to go hand in hand, is a good time to ask: Will the interests of patients take second place to corporate priorities? The recent increase in the new technological wealth is not a good omen for the masses. When Bezos says that his clients are always the first, this is only until he has won them and the competition eliminated, then the profits return to the Pole position. The profits and a growing GDP are the modern foundations of hope: hope of wealth, hope of new goods, I hope science to save us.
There is some evidence that technological change is being used for the general good, but much more that is being used as a springboard for the ultra rich. Just when we had the possibility of free mobile communication and free access to the Internet, they intervened aspiring billionaires and turned these things into models for exorbitant profits. When an epidemic occurs, the first thing we ask could be “Who can we save?” But this is quickly followed by “How much money can we earn?” The Covid year showed that we are less interested in saving lives than in saving great businesses. While unlocking the mysteries of the known universe, businessmen listen to the ring of cash records. This would be fine and elegant if earnings were used to reduce national debts, or improve public services, or to save threatened species, but there is little or no evidence of this. However, Pletny will show that the luxury goods market has been inflated.
How does this affect our spirit, our human essence, the experience of life in general? I think the impact is a net negative. We are back at that point of civilization when men thought building a tower high enough in the clouds, would take a look at the sky. Babel’s tower was the result of vain ambition instead of the desire to house the masses, and its final failure was delayed for centuries. This raises the spectrum of an inverse link between money and morality.
Our modern Babel is a space rocket for billionaires obsessively when looking for new emotions and, do not misunderstand me, crossing new borders is a laudable objective. We are all curious about the intimidity and curvature of the Earth and Branson is about to satisfy that curiosity, at least for some. While some of us look at the back of the couch for an odd £ 175K to pay a ticket, millions more feel curious, not about the intimidity and curvature of the earth, but of feeding and dressing and obtaining a good education for their Children, who are still beyond the ability to give even the most expert politicians. While climate change wreaked havoc on land urbanizations, Musk’s plans to build settlements on Mars have been welcome with emotion; However, what is a mansion on Mars when the housing affordable on earth is still scarce? Does science be
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