Maximum Benefit for all
Yes. Science and politics should be working to create the maximum benefit for all, and not just a wealthy elite. It is tragic that we still have poverty, war and slavery all around the world when we have the resources to deal with this overnight if we wanted. We are ruled by a bunch of immoral politicians who feather their own nests and only care about power and wealth.
But I would add the proviso that all development should take place with one eye on the future and one on the environment. Our future is the natural world – our life support. Its diversity and health are fundamental to our future. We HAVE to develop in harmony with it without damaging it.
A future with a damaged environment is an impoverished future. Nature is fundamental to our mental and physical health.
As a biologist I see clearly that we already live in an impoverished world. Nature used to flourish to a far greater extent in the past. We live in the withered rump of what once was beautiful. We pay the price for that with the quality of our lives. Previous generations lived in a better world.
I see it as perfectly possible for a future regeneration of nature which would benefit human beings greatly. Nature refreshes the parts nothing else can reach.