Tech That Restores

In the age of remarkable technological feats, we must check our hubris from time to time.


John Stonestreet

At the beginning of this year, 29-year-old Nolan Arbaugh had a tiny computer implanted into his brain. Arbaugh is paralyzed from the shoulders down. Now, a few months after his surgery, he can play computer chess with his mind.  

The brain implant, invented by billionaire Elon Musk’s company Neuralink, interprets the electrical activity from Arbaugh’s neurons as movements of his computer’s cursor. Musk said he hopes Neuralink can continue to help people with disabilities recover skills they thought they’d lost.  

This is a remarkable achievement of technology, which could make many potential goods possible. However, there are also plenty of potential harms, something that historically speaking, humans aren’t always able to foresee. In a biblical view of human ingenuity and technology, just because we can do something doesn’t mean we should. Within a secular worldview, there is no grounding for that moral distinction. And our hubris can prevent our ethics from keeping up with our technologies. 


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