The pope came out with a statement that “Godless Technology is Dangerous”. While I believe that religion is a huge hurdle to Elolight, he is actually half right. The reason he is partially right is because we are starting to get to a point where technology is going to have critical implications on the human condition. This really wasn’t an issue before because everything we have created to date has just made things more efficient and did not necessarily threaten core understandings we have always had.
Now we are looking at things like life extension, spontaneous material creation, and cloning. Humans are always born from a mother, live, and then die but now these concepts are being seriously threatened. The reason the pope is half right is because if we are developing technology with out a goal, that can be dangerous. If we are innovating and creating simply for the sake of doing it we could find ourselves in a very bad place, very quickly.
The idea of Elolight is not to inspire religious or ritualistic behavior but instead it is discovering our drives as humanity and applying it in a practical way so that we can figure out what we are going to do moving forward. There is ultimately two ways we can move forward, the first is with reckless abandon. We develop and innovate and hope everything works out but there is a good chance that we will develop something that we don’t know how to handle as a society. The other option is we start talking about these things now and getting laws passed proactively that insures technology develops in a predictable and useful way instead of leaving us yearning for the dark ages.