It seems to me that there have been a lot of important inventions lately. Big strides are being made in the field of AI, the CRISPR gene editing technology is making genetic edits cheap and available, and the smartphone has connected us with our loved ones more easily than ever before. The world seems to be on the cusp of some big changes.
But do we really know what we are doing? These new technologies seem to be outstripping the vision we have for their use, they are ready but people don’t seem to see a guiding principle for their use. It’s as if the mental program is stuck in the mode of “more of the same”. The internet seems to be exposing a bewildering array of views held by people, including conspiracy theories that may be very far from the truth.
In a way, the internet should be a great tool for spreading the dhamma, but the interest in it is building very slowly…
Wishing you a thoughtful and pleasant 2023!