Do microscopes make keyboards filthy? Does satellite imagery deplete ozone? Do CT scans cause brain cancer?
Science reveals secrets about the universe, and the revelations of science only create problems to the extent that knowing about problems causes emotional discomfort.
Technology is a means to science and therefore a means to revealing secrets. As technology becomes ever more advanced, it inevitably exposes secrets that hurt. And as we’ve seen already this century, technology increasingly reveals secrets about our own personal lives.
But who are we to suppose our own secrets are more precious than any other in the universe? Can technology somehow overlook character flaws on its way to explaining the rest of the cosmos?
If not, how will we ultimately judge character when everyone’s skeletons are behind glass doors?
Perhaps the concept of good character will be recast to describe those who keep secrets best. Let’s hope we don’t run out of secrets.