Page’s dream, shared by his co-founder Sergey Brin, is to take the world’s biggest technology company and transform it into a vehicle for saving the planet. He is nothing if not ambitious. To achieve that end he has created a new holding company called Alphabet.
Pope Francis’ encyclical embodies a long-standing tension in our relationship with technology: We stand in awe of our creations, and yet worry they may prove hollow. We fear progress because we fear evil—and rightly so.
Uber and other technologies like it are often applauded for the benefits they provide to consumers. But, in addition to providing a better customer experience, these services typically benefit the drivers themselves in real and immediate ways.