We can profoundly change the outside world. We can split atoms and build rivers and cause earthquakes and change the entire planet’s climate, whether we mean to do those things or not. But our inner nature hasn’t changed much all the while. We still have the timeless pitfalls and dangers of human nature, what Buddhism calls the causes of our suffering: greed, craving, desire, and ignorance. The magic of technology is that it extends our influence on the world. It amplifies us. But without a wise and firm grasp on ourselves, that’s dangerous. It means our faults are amplified, too. That makes the imperative for mindfulness and spiritual practice all the more urgent. It’s a prerequisite for responsible technological advancement.
From Chapter 4: “Magic and Mayhem”