'Our minds can be hijacked.' Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks alarmed by a race for human attention
“If the people who built these technologies are taking such radical steps to wean themselves free, can the rest of us reasonably be expected to exercise our free will?”
The answer is obvious. As I warned in a recent series of talks 2, 3 technologies are now giving the power of superman to everyone, without any equivalent growth in our moral capacities to handle the change. These “supermen” look and behave a lot like the shrunken moral homunculi of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.
Unlike Huxley’s fictional account however, the failure of these techniques on human beings is leaving an extraordinary range of casualties.
And the social fallout is only beginning.
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