posted on Feb, 13 2020 @ 03:22 AM
a reply to: MaxNocerino7
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Many years ago in my late 20s I read a book title, "Technology and Power" by David Kipnis. There was a quote in this book that has always haunted me
my whole career in technology. I've always been far to the left and interested in creating more egalitarian society. I romantically thought the work
I was doing in computers was somehow contributing to a larger industry effort to make the World a better place.
However, the quote from the Kipnis book has always haunted me and made think maybe all the efforts of my life where actually having the opposite
effect. Instead of my work making a more egalitarian society the collective result of IT sector was actually concentrating wealth into few hands and
creating a more elitist society enabling greater levels of wealth inequality and dictatorship in government.
Here is the quote from Kipnis's book:
"In the words of Jose Ortega y Gasset: "Technology provides men the leisure to realize their true potential" This, then, is the promise of
technology: a material world of plenty and a spiritual world in which we have the leisure to realize our highest potentials and the freedom to
Yet in nagging counterpoint to this optimism about the beneficent world of plenty provided by unlimited power is the suspicion that technology has
another face. There is a world in which the freedom to choose and to control events has been subtly altered so that there is less choice and less
control. This is the world of "megatechnics," to use Lewis Mumford's apt phrasing, in which technology concentrates power and reduces individual
Does the system of technology we have in our lives exist to serve us or do we the people exist to serve the system is a fundamental question with the
character of our culture. This quote comes from a bahavior psychology book I read in my 20's called "Technology and Power" by David Kipnis. Kipnis
also talks about how power changes people's character he labeled the "Metamorphic Effect of Power". It is basically a psychological study confirming
the old adage from Lord Acton: "Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely." In Kipnis's book he shows how people with power develop a
contempt for their subjects which inevitably results in immoral actions against the people.
The quote about technology centralizing power has haunted me. Although I do appreciate your professed appreciation of science and philosophy the
cold hard truth is technology is often used more to enslave men than it is used for setting them free.
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