First, the evolution of technology is beneficial to humans for several reasons. The techniques required to do modern experimental high energy physics are quite varied and complex and have often led to technological advances in the development of superconducting magnets for example and, lest we forget, the pioneering work of CERN scientist Tim Berners-Lee in the creation of the World Wide Web, originally conceived and developed to meet the demand for automatic information sharing between scientists working in different universities and institutes all over the world.
That toilet might be just the ticket for one of the Gates’ vacation homes but, for a rural dweller in a developing country, there are already cheap, sanitary, low-tech toilets available through organizations like SOIL The hubristic toilet competition encourages innovation for the sake of innovation, an egotistical trap that blocks viable, existing solutions from widespread adoption.
Some technologies have helped more than they’ve hurt, though the list is, by my reckoning, shorter than one might expect and cannot in good conscience include pillars of modern living such as nuclear and coal-fired electricity and most of the entertainment and communications devices they power, cars, air travel, processed food, GMOs and single-use products.
In fact, Hinduism singularly failed to integrate the ‘lower classes’ and offer them the basic dignity of life; hence, the conversions, not just to the ‘alien’ ones that you are trying to talk about, but also to Budhdhism, Jainism, Sikhism, and other modern religions coming out of India.
These include primates such as chimpanzees , 69 some dolphin communities, 70 and crows 71 72 Considering a more generic perspective of technology as ethology of active environmental conditioning and control, we can also refer to animal examples such as beavers and their dams, or bees and their honeycombs.