From Nikola Tesla: “Generally, technology will create ease. Travel, building, producing goods of all kinds, keeping your home, science, medicine, entertainment and farming have all benefited from technology to one degree or another. As these things have become easier to accomplish so also your human scope has increased its expression. Robots can remove drudgery; computers can enhance any form of communication as well as every other field of human endeavor.
“However, there are some prices to be considered for this ease as well as the price that ease itself extracts. Rest is good after work: after creating, acting, playing and celebrating what is most human in you rest can be part of the creation, action, play and celebration. But when rest is not only indulged in to the point of weakening you but also becomes a state of entitled sloth, then ease has betrayed you and you have betrayed yourself. If things become too easy there is no challenge and, like it or not, your human minds, bodies, spirits and psyches are all not only meant to grow through challenge, they can be damaged without it. And as I have said before, the “ease” of a technological device such as social media can change what is human within you too rapidly for you to comprehend fully.
“And the hidden trap in technology is the fact that as more and more strive to do less and less because challenge is no longer valued or sought after, if fewer and fewer learn how to work with and master the very technology you use, then perforce an elite of those that know is created. Additionally, by complete dependence on any technology you render yourself tremendously vulnerable to any disruption to that technology, whether it is because of human action or any of countless natural forces. In this sense ease is the honey that lures you in. And surely you are as trapped by sweetness as by any sort of malicious intention.”
From Nikola Tesla: “A truly human technology is one that does not eclipse, control, fragment, demean, lessen or frustrate what is considered human: emotions, desires, creativity, curiosity, wonder, spirituality, compassion and the capacity to love freely. Any technology that allows a human being to expand his scope in these human expressions is what is most desirable: this is technology in service of human beings. That was my intention behind creating alternating current: I wished to free every one of you from drudgery in order to allow you the freedom to choose from your better, more spiritual and compassionate truths. I wished that Humanity would have technology as a servant and never wished for you to become the servants of technology.
“However, there is already too much pressure to fit you to technology or, more correctly, to create a technology that appears to support you but that rather acts as a wave-guide which limits you, warping your shape into its own efficient, emotionless, super-quick, streamlined and perhaps even amoral expressions and you pay heavily for it, because an attitude that desires results can frequently misunderstand its own causes or the ramifications of those same results. Technology is, and always has been until recently, a tool: something that allows humanity to prosper, expand, heal, learn and grow.
“Yet if technology, particularly technology driven by those forces that desire control of an entranced populace that takes in data passively, instead of reaching into what is more and more human, is allowed to supersede human intentions, it alters human beings for its own purposes. This was already begun in the Industrial Revolution, when human lives were molded to machines’ schedules, often literally at the price of those same human lives. When you allow this to happen, your Humanity has slipped from your grasp and become alien to you: human scale, human interactions and human aspirations fall beneath the remorseless structure created by a blind, implacable and inhuman entity.”
From Nikola Tesla: “The term ‘spiritual technology’ must certainly seem an oxymoron at least as unusual as the term ‘religious science,’ ‘the science of religion’ or ‘scientific dogma:’ technology is rarely invented by ‘spiritual’ or ‘religious’ people in modern times. This division was emphasized particularly n the Age of Enlightenment of the 1700’s though also earlier, in response to what was felt as cruel and unnecessary dominance and domination by the standard churches that appeared to stymie all independent thought. Granted that this does seem to be the specific action of numerous institutions in any event, the Church was more obvious a target than some.
“There are those in current times that wish to push computer technology up to and past human limits, in the somewhat dim understanding that technology is somehow inherently better than human beings, but as I said before, although the human being may be augmented through technology to a degree, as in medical applications that replace limbs or senses, there is a line that should not be crossed, and attempting to cross that line leads inevitably to a dead end, This dead end is reached in part because science still limits its viewpoint to physical reality generally, discounting what cannot be proved by the scientific method and disdaining those data that evolve in unscientific situations.
“The true delimiter, however, is that no one yet understands the multi–dimensional geometries, especially those of the dimension of Identity, that would, if seen, show how wildly separate the human being is from the technological ‘being’ of a computer-generated ‘mind’ or self. But the delightful paradox is that, when human beings reach more into their spiritual selves and their inner realities, then they will not only be able to do everything that technology allows them to do currently, they would also see why and where technology reaches the end of its usefulness altogether. Technology is like training wheels: if you can only ride the bicycle with them on, you are not truly riding the bicycle.”