I'm reminded of the scene in Watchmen graphic novel where Adrian Veidt / Ozymandias is talking about scientific progress and says something like "there are no limits to scientific progress only our consciences." Apart from the www and satellite communications I really cannot think of much scientific progress which has *significantly* improved the world in the last 50 yearsArt! For me, art (mostly in the form of music) is the one perfect thing in the world.
Science is an obvious answer, and while it's a huge acheivement in many ways, it's also scary. I fear the future because of all of this scientific advancement... with technology people don't do the natural and fundamental things they used to do (kids playing outside less and spending more time on computers), I worry that we are too dependent on medicine and we'll even become more so; it's easy for people to go out to eat together and spend almost half of their time texting on their phones and not talking, etc. It seems like the more we have, the more anxious and unhappy we tend to be. And we're not going to stop advancing now, we're not going to stop getting more and more, and it really truthfully scares the crap out of me.
I wish I lived back when things were more "natural" and science and technology were still yet to be thought of. I can't imagine having the internet or my phone taken away from me now (technology is also disgustingly addicting), but when I was growing up I knew not of either of them. And I feel like I was "better" and more at peace, more one with things, or something. I miss it a lot.
So, here's to art being the greatest!