“You have grown up in a time when technological and commercial interests are attempting to change our principles and morality. Rather than using our morality and principles to guide us through technological change, there are those asking us to change our morality and principles to fit the technological change–if a machine can do something, it ought to be done. Although it is the premise of every “machines gone wild” story since Jules Verne or Fritz Lang, this is exactly backwards.”
Lowery makes about thirty or thirty-five excellent points in his open letter to a college student who has by her estimation bought 15 of the CDs in her 11,000 song library. But I’m most interested in the way he views the morality of the thing: he exposes the way that we shape our morality to wrap around and cover what we want to do, and how we then ponder with a sort-of theoretical confusion as if no other answer is possible.