Edward Snowden teamed up with actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the American Civil Liberties Union to discuss whether technology is good or bad for democracy, and they decided that it's a little bit of both.

The NSA whistleblower said that there are a lot of places that technology does hurt, from advanced weapons of mass destruction to Facebook fights over politics, these advancements have done more harm than good.

"People are starting to be afraid of sharing minority opinions," Snowden said. "If you're in the majority then you're safe, right? But if you say 'I don't think that's right, I don't think that's a good idea, we should do this instead' and it's really unpopular, that could lose you friends or worse."

"Some parts of technology are terrible, there are days that I think things are pretty bad," Snowden continued.

Despite his negative prognosis, the NSA whistleblower believes that, over time, technology will improve things.

Technology has improved medicine, science, energy, and education and made everything cheaper and more efficient.

Snowden said that technology has also produced more liberty because it frees people from having to work menial jobs.

While Snowden made the case for technology and its ability to free up our time and produce a better quality of life, he never addressed the original question about democracy. If a bi-product of technology is reduced social capital, then it makes society and democracy worse off.

Watch the full interview below: