We can determine what kind of human our technologies can help us become, and build technologies that enable that. In fact, we should directly tie the success of our technologies to how much they enable our humanity (as in, our positive human characteristics), and use this criteria to evaluate past, present and future technologies.
Letters to a Young Technologist is a great online collection of (at the time of writing this) five essays about technology written primarily for soon-to-be technologists:
1. What is Technology? / 2. Value Beyond Instrumentalization / 3. It’s Time to Govern / 4. Study the Past, Create the Future / 5. To be a Technologist is to be Human.
If you’ve followed this blog for a bit already –and noticed the quote above, you are probably able to guess which section I might like the most.