Will technology make life better for future generations?

Zsolt Hermann
2 min readSep 20, 2022

Question from the Internet:

“How do you agree or disagree with the statement, “Because of science and technology, there will be more opportunities for the next generations”?”

I do not agree.

We already know that technology is not really improving our lives. And it is not the fault of technology. It is the fault of the users, us.

Technology is simply a tool it cannot improve or worsen anything by itself. What we can achieve through technology depends solely on the goals and intentions we use technology with.

And by default, we use everything driven by our inherently self-serving, self-justifying, subjective and exploitative nature. Thus technology becomes a tool for excessive overconsumption; it becomes a tool for controlling, manipulating and exploiting or directly killing each other.

We use even medicines to exploit or harm one another.

Technology will start improving the lives of the next generation — if there is going to be a next generation at all — when we change our goals and intentions, when we start existing and working for the sake and wellbeing of the whole collective above and against instinctive self-benefit at the expense of others.

This has nothing to do with “morality” or with any of our arbitrary, misguided and unnatural ideologies and philosophies. If we want to comprehend, let alone solve our mounting global problems and want to safeguard our continuing human survival, human society will have to resemble Nature’s finely balanced and mutually integrated system.

After all, contrary to popular belief, we are an integral part of Nature thus, the strict and unforgiving laws of the system — that govern the overall balance and homeostasis life that depends on — obligate us exactly how they obligate all other parts of Nature.

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Zsolt Hermann

I am a Hungarian-born Orthopedic surgeon presently living in New Zealand, with a profound interest in how mutually integrated living systems work.