What is the speaker saying from 00:17-00:20 in the following video? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RIoXC_7Tuc

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From 00:17-00:20, the speakers says that: "Some feel all progress is good." The larger context for this statement is that some people think that the progress which technology brings is beneficial, but other people think that technology can sometimes do more harm than good.

For example, the video mentions water purification and modern medicine. These technological innovations are being used to dramatically improve the quality of life for millions of people around the world. Technologies like these have raised life expectancy in developed nations by decades.

However, some technologies are not so beneficial. One glaring example is nuclear weaponry. Although nuclear weapons have only been detonated twice on civilian populations, they have resulted in countless deaths (both directly and indirectly, through radiation). Moreover, the world now sits under the constant threat of all-out nuclear war. The danger of this technology indicates that technology is not automatically beneficial to humanity.

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