Among some modern tribes, technology and its advances are not welcomed as much as they are in other parts of the world. One such group of people is the Amish. The Amish don’t exactly oppose technological advances. Rather than that, in their community, an almost unanimous verdict must be given if they would adopt a certain item that technology introduces.
The reason for this is fairly simple, and quite understandable. The Amish first discuss whether a given piece of tech is beneficial while maintaining the community values and morals they try to preserve in their community. Such ideas might seem outdated, but as the technological advancements continue to achieve more and more, one starts to question the necessity of certain things.
One such debate has sparked in Silicon Valley, with tech giants representing and adhering to either side of the argument based on the advancements in technology and its accompanying unintentional consequences.One side has Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of the global phenomenon known as Facebook.
On the other side, we have Elon Musk, the CEO of the revolutions known as SpaceX and Tesla.
Mark Zuckerberg sees all the tech advancements as intrinsically good, which is pretty much the default setting in Silicon Valley where the past is a problem, and the future is saturated with positive reinforcements.
Zuckerberg believes that any issues, social or ethical, can simply be handled as the need arises without putting up a blockade for potential advancement.
On the other hand, Elon Musk argues that the progress and advancements in tech should be considered and dealt with caution. His concerns stem from the idea of humans being unable to control the very things they created.
The technologies such as artificial intelligence do instil such an idea in one’s mind. Musk has also been quite expressive about his concerns regarding Zuckerberg’s online surveillance models.
That being said, neither of these two titans argue against technology. But the advancements in some specific areas ignite very different perspectives among the two.
Musk, despite his concerns, is a supporter of technical progress. After all, he is the man trying to make interplanetary travel possible for people. But the recent scandal of Cambridge Analytica added oil to the fire between the two men and the ideologies that they represent.