Technology is amoral, but it is not unbiased.

There’s a lot of confusing and unhelpful prognostication around what kind of future “technology” will usher in; a glorious utopia or a devastating existential threat. The question itself is faulty because it is predicated upon the assumption that “technology” has an intrinsic morality. It doesn’t. Technology is amoral in the sense that it has no care or yearning for what may be right or wrong.

However, this does not mean that technology does not have “tendencies,” that we build things designed for purposes. A pencil could be used to kill, but it has a tendency to want to write. A gun could be used to plow dirt for a garden, but it has a tendency to kill. In this sense, all technologies have a bias, and we should think about the bias of the technology, not the morality of it.

Oh, and as to what kind of future will be ushered in? That is a question, not for technology, but for humanity.

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