Electronic health records can make it easier for doctors to treat people who are sick and keep people well. Automated vehicles can make it easier, safer and more enjoyable for people to travel where they want and when they want. An intelligent electrical system could more efficiently deliver power to customers who want to spend their own money to buy it -- to keep their home or business as cool or warm as they like it.
Electronic health care records could also be used in developing and enforcing a governmental system of health-care rationing. Automated vehicles could be used to stop people from going where, or when, the government does not want them to go. Remotely controlled thermostats could be used to stop people from heating or cooling their homes in the interest of, say, preventing "climate change."
The Founding Fathers of this country understood that there are absolute rules of right and wrong that all men and all governments must obey. And that human beings are imperfect and thus constantly tempted to violate these rules.
When the flawed human beings in government are permitted to routinely break the moral rules and violate the rights of the citizens, a nation is on the road to tyranny. Our Founding Fathers wrote a constitution for a strictly limited government specifically designed to deny human beings in government the authority to violate the rights of citizens or impose inordinate controls on their lives.
In recent decades, many of our political and cultural leaders have proudly denied the basic unchangeable rule of right and wrong. At the same time, politicians and judges have worn down the constitutional limits on the federal government.
Were American politicians obedient to both the moral rules and the constitutional limits on government power, the dawning age of super-electronics would be an age of wonders.
In an era of growing government power and amorality, it could become an age of horrors.