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Technology, where should be its destination?

I think it is undeniable that technology is accelerating really fast.
And I think that the whole economy system will depend more and more on
the development of technology.
I believe that "the invisible hand" is what makes people to demand technology:
one's avarice to serve, comfort, and love oneself.

Imagine that , one day in the future, you received a gift from someone for your birthday! You have no idea what it's for, so you look at the manual.
Assume that it says, "It will realize whatever you want in the virtual reality; it will perfectly actualize the situation that you want in order to give you an ultimate pleasure for your entire life time! However, if you want to be part of this 'Utopia', you won't be able to communicate with your husband/wife, daughter, son, or your best friend because you will never be able to recognize the reality anymore :( "

What would you do? Would you give up your family and close friends?
Assume that the machine will keep detect your highest demand, so you will be able to see your family and friends in virtual reality, but your family and friends will actually lose you. They won't be able to talk to you. Simply, it's like living as a vegetable

You might think I have gone too far, or you might think I am a weird guy who watched the movie "the Matrix" too often. (I have watched it 'only' twice lol)
However, if someone had talked about i-phone 20 years ago, people would not response seriously. They would think he was insane.

My question is this!
I think technology is neutral.
But I believe that there are two ultimate destination that it can pursue:
selfish pleasure vs selfless love
Technology can be a great tool to assist either purpose which are inherent and compatible in every human's desire.

Where should be its destination?
How should it be used?
what is your opinion???

p.s. English is my second language, so there might be some grammatical errors :( If you had a hard time to understand above questions, sorry for that!!

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  • Aug 30 2012: You are describing technology in a very strange way, at least different from my point of view. If you accept the definition of technology as the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, then you must also understand that the 'practical purposes' are virtually infinite. Thus, it would be a futile effort to even try to categorize it as "selfish pleasure" or "selfish love" for either choice is too narrow. I see technology as an expression of humanity and an extension of our minds, good, bad and ugly. Some will use it to kill, some will use it to heal, some will use it to steal and so on. The only limit to technology is our own scientific knowledge.
    • Aug 31 2012: well,,,I mentioned, "I think technology is neutral." I agree that technology is the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes. But as you stated, there are good and bad ways to use it. I wanted to question what would be the best way to use technology? I thought there should be a guideline on the value that we seek from technolgy; I didn't ask how should technology 'developed'. I guess I didn't make it clear enough since the title was " Technology, where should be its destination?" lol
      • Aug 31 2012: The best way to use technology is to use it for what it was built for. I mean you can use an ipad as a paper weight but why would you? You can also use a tomahawk missile as a means of transportation but it may be a bit dangerous...

        You are struggling with the intentions of men, technology has nothing to do with it.
        • Aug 31 2012: I guess you have a point :)

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