Will Technology Destroy Civilization?
Why the Prophets of Doom Are Wrong
A COMMON and increasing disillusionment with technology today marks contemporary thinkers of the most divergent tendencies. A classic expression of this feeling was Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, a utopian novel portraying a world whose every problem and every difficulty has been solved by technology, but which for this very reason has become emptied of all meaning. Arnold J. Toynbee, though not envisaging any utopian ultimate in technology, also seems to lean to the view that modem technology is at bottom worthless-for “mankind’s serious business is religion”; all that we need in the way of secular culture was already produced by the Greeks -in our technological efforts we are only the bad imitators of a past civilization.
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