Annalee Newitz on why technological change always bring unexpected (and potentially negative) consequences, in spite of the optimistic narratives woven about technological progression. Here she comments on the optimism of the singularitists: Why the Singularity isn’t going to happen
All I’m saying is that if you’re looking for a narrative that explains the future, consider this: Does the narrative promise you things that sound like religion? A world where today’s problems are fixed, but no new problems have arisen? A world where human history is irrelevant? If yes, then you’re in the fog of Singularity thinking.
But if that narrative deals with consequences, complications, and many possible outcomes, then you’re getting closer to something like a potential truth.