- Jan 18, 2020
From automated cars to cheap 3D printing, technological advances now on the horizon are shaping a brave new world. The proper Catholic response is to discern, because such revolutions generally come with unintended negative consequences too.
Driverless cars probably won’t create the shortage of organ donors one recent article seemed alarmed about, but it’s still a good time for Catholics to reflect on what Pope Benedict XVI called the “gift of love” of organ donation … and also what that gift really entails.
By 2020 and certainly by 2025, we should expect to see cars next to us on the road where the driver is sleeping or watching a movie on the dashboard display. Decisions are being made that are the building blocks of future ethical behaviors, and it will be difficult to change them once they are in place.