Author: Valentine Oyedipe, Member of the Carnegie Council for International Affairs Global Ethics Network
The daunting thoughts that have occupied the minds of humanity over the Centuries have been the direction of human civilization and its compatibility with ethical moral standards in relation to the advancement of science and technology. The paper examines the trends in science and technological advancement from its earliest time to its present dispensation; its positive and negative impacts on humanity vis a vis inventions and discoveries that have made life more comfortable and meaningful to humanity; the unbridled passion and gratification of sensual pleasure; the escalating Wars with sophisticated Arms and weaponry that have de-humanized humankind sequel to the sacrilege of human dignity and sanctity; the anthropogenic disasters that are offshoots of humankind’s struggles to conquer nature and master his environment etc. The paper further analyses qualitatively and quantitatively the Global Peace Index on some selected indicators from which inferences are made. The paper concludes that: technology of modern civilization is moving to stage where probably artificial intelligence will undo man in all sphere of life and the emergent of first cloned man; technology of modern civilization is a blessing to humanity and compatible with morality; the status of global peace has fairly improved. Although, with much disasters and pressures. The paper suggests moral revolution and assimilation of culture of Peace, mutual respect for one another, respect for the rule of law and respect for human dignity and sanctity for better and constructive utilization of scientific and technological knowledge in the 21st Century.
Key words: Advanced Technology, Modern Civilization, Global Peace, Ethics
Other papers of this author. DEMOCRACY AND VIOLENCE AGAINST THE NIGERIAN CHILD: IMPLICATIONS FOR PUBLIC MORALITY, LEGAL FRAMEWORK AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT