This strongly reminds me of TS Eliot’s “Choruses from The Rock”.
The endless cycle of idea and action,
Endless invention, endless experiment,
Brings knowledge of motion, but not of stillness;
Knowledge of speech, but not of silence;
Knowledge of words, and ignorance of the Word.
All our knowledge brings us nearer to our ignorance,
All our ignorance brings us nearer to death,
But nearness to death no nearer to GOD.
Where is the Life we have lost in living?
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
The cycles of Heaven in twenty centuries
Bring us farther from GOD and nearer to the Dust.
I’m a humanist and would replace GOD with Essential Humanity, but I think Eliot and I would agree on the principle and phenomenon he’s describing here. I don’t think this technology necessarily interferes with our essential humanity, but it currently does for most of us.
We have been using communications technology for millennia to store our ideas and express ourselves, but we are in the infancy of using technology that’s so compelling and pervasive it threatens to overwhelm us and cause us to withdraw our humanity from the world. I hope we learn to control this new technology.
There are only two options for the masses. We will learn to control this technology and use it to augment and extend our humanity, or we will let the technology (and those who control it) to enslave us.