Technology is advancing faster than ever - but for better or for worse? On the one hand, astonishing technological developments from personalized genomics to self-driving cars to drones to artificial intelligence could make our lives healthier, safer, and easier. On the other hand, these very same technologies could raise the specter of a frightening and alienating future - eugenics, a jobless economy, complete loss of privacy, and an ever-worsening spiral of economic inequality. How can we make appropriate decisions about whether and how to adopt new technologies? Vivek Wadhwa and Alex Salkever propose that we ask three questions:
- Does the technology have the potential to benefit everyone equally?
- What are the risks and the rewards?
- Does the technology more strongly promote autonomy or independence?
They subject a host of new and potential technologies to these questions, but ultimately it is up to the listener to make the final decision.