He is just talking about a very interesting thought, that the stories that we tell ourselves are outdated because of this technology change happening in all these areas. We have to work on new ones. He stresses that human dignity has to be a mayor part of these new stories. Don't leave that field of creating stories that include human dignity to the fundamentalists.
Great question from a very smart woman :-) "If we make ourselves perfect, will we loose our soul?"
Q: Why did you write the book? A:Over the years Joel followed his confusion. Things that just didn't make sense. In the 90s he was confused by the Internet claimed to be the biggest thing since the invention of the printing press or taming of fire. If that is true, where is the social upheaval that come along with these megachanges? May be these upheavels come with a time lack, so we may be in for some surprises in the coming years.