The intersection of ethics and technology is my sweet spot. So for your pleasure, I plan to build a growing series of excerpts I find worth sharing.
“…the greatest menace to our capacity for contemplation is the incessant fabrication of tawdry empty stimuli which kill the receptivity of the soul.”
— Josef Pieper, Happiness and Contemplation
“When a carpenter picks up a hammer, the hammer becomes, so far as his brain is concerned, part of his hand. When a soldier raises a pair of binoculars to his face, his brain sees through a new set of eyes, adapting instantaneously to a very different field of view…When the carpenter takes his hammer into his hand, he can use that hand to do only what a hammer can do. The hand becomes an implement for pounding and pulling nails. When the soldier puts the binoculars to his eyes, he can see only what the lenses allow him to see. His field of view lengthens, but he becomes blind to what’s nearby…
Every tool imposes limitations even as it opens possibilities.”
Nicholas Carr, The Shallows