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Humanist Manifesto on Technology

October 2, 2011

You know those moments when someone tells you exactly what you’ve been feeling, but just hadn’t been able to articulate? Definitely had one of those moments when I stumbled across this the other day:

“Technology is a vital key to human progress and development. We deplore any neo-romantic efforts to condemn indiscriminately all technology and science or to counsel retreat from its further extension and use for the good of humankind. We would resist any moves to censor basic scientific research on moral, political, or social grounds. Technology must, however, be carefully judged by the consequences of its use; harmful and destructive changes should be avoided. We are particularly disturbed when technology and bureaucracy control, manipulate, or modify human beings without their consent. Technological feasibility does not imply social or cultural desirability.”
~ Humanist Manifesto II (1973)

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