Responsible Progress

How about Techno-Humanism instead? | *Originally posted on Substack on October 31, 2023

Gabe Moronta

3/5/20241 min read

Technology is a tool that can be used for good or evil. It is neither inherently good nor bad in itself. How we choose to use technology is what matters.

There are reasonable concerns about potential downsides of technological development that should be thoughtfully considered, not dismissed as "zombie ideas."

Things like AI safety, privacy, addiction, inequality are complex issues without easy solutions.

​"Techno-optimism" and "techno-pessimism" are both simplistic attitudes. The truth is nuanced. Technology brings both benefits and risks. With wisdom, we can work to maximize the benefits and mitigate the risks.

​While economic growth and technological progress have brought many positives, focusing solely on these metrics ignores other important aspects of humanity flourishing like community, connection, and purpose. An openness to different perspectives on "progress" is needed.

​Ambition, adventure and abundance are great goals, but not everyone shares those values. Respect for diversity of human goals and meaning is important.

Forcing one's vision of "the good life" onto others is problematic, and can lead to a host of unintended consequences such as cultural erosion, psychological stress, and societal dissonance. When individuals or groups try to impose their ideals on others, it often stifles personal growth and curtails the freedom to explore alternative lifestyles or beliefs. This top-down approach negates the rich diversity of human experience and can breed resentment among those who feel their autonomy is being compromised.

The imposition of a singular vision without input from the community can hamper creativity and innovation, elements that are essential for growth and adaptability. Therefore, a balanced approach that considers various perspectives is not only ethical but also beneficial for long-term success.

Understanding the complexities involved in shaping a vision—be it personal, cultural, or corporate—can equip you to approach decision-making more thoughtfully, fostering an environment that is both inclusive and conducive to growth.

​Collaboration, compassion and concern for the vulnerable matter just as much as competition and self-interest. Both are part of human nature.

​There are no easy answers. Navigating the future requires intellectual humility, ethical reflection, and good faith from all sides.