Though we never got to meet face-to-face, only interacting through emails and virtual meetings, here she was, saying that it was amazing to have worked together. I was once again amazed how technology has made this all possible – to connect with someone miles away: just like how I can chat with cousins & friends working outside the Philippines, or update myself with an acquaintance I met during one of my travels abroad.
Of course, it’s not all sunshine and butterflies: technology can also be used in a bad way, like invading people’s privacy
(much like the stuff of Orwell’s nightmares.) And I think it’s not farfetched to assume we’ll soon create more powerful weapons against other, or develop diseases to wipe out our species.
I think, as technology becomes closely integrated to our daily lives, the more pressing thought which I feel we need to address is: how can we use technology to make us better people?
With scientific breakthroughs blurring the lines between the differences we thought once existed, I’m optimistic that we’ll eventually come to a more benevolent, efficient, and sustainable circle – a circle that transcends our species’ mortal limitations. I’d like to believe that this is the next step to our species’ evolution – a coming to terms with our responsibility to the greater whole.
Step by step, piece by piece: incidents like my interaction with our Indonesian consultant make me believe that with the right intention, we can steer technology towards creating a better world.
(Sorry if I sound like I’m being a tad bit pollyannish, but I think believing will slowly lead us to realizing that dream.)