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Jerry Pournelle predicted that in the far future people could use something like an internet to find answers to their questions, but failed to predict that people would be angry if the answer took longer than three seconds to appear (drat that Google is slow today).There are even jobs that did not exist a couple of decades ago (Search engine optimization expert? I believe that master science fiction author and science explainer Isaac Asimov has the answer.The point is, if you the science fiction writer postulate lots of technological advances in your novels, you must at least pay lip service to the sad fact that it will make a sizable segment of your society very angry.On the other tentacle, progressives will find things bewildering as well.
Advances in technology have been creating upheavals in society all the way back to the start of the Bronze age and further.Science was going to bring us to a grand and glorious Utopian future. Science unleashed unspeakable horrors, there were things man was not meant to know, and one started to see more and more dystopias in science fiction literature. But at exactly which point in time did the disillusionment with the "goodness" of science come? Could it have come at the time when some scientist or scientists demonstrated the evil in science beyond any doubt; showed mankind a vision of evil so intense that not only the scientist himself but all of science was darkened past the point where it could be washed clean again?Even now there is some nostalgia for this view, the technical term is "Retro-Futurism". When was the sin of the scientist committed, then, and who was the scientist? It was to that which Oppenheimer referred in his remark on sin. The nuclear bomb is a terrible thing that has contributed immeasurably to the insecurity of mankind and to his growing distrust of science, but the nuclear bomb is by no means pure evil.In its Faustian plot, a scientist probed forbidden knowledge and offended God rather than man.The monster who in the end killed Frankenstein could easily be understood as the instrument of God's vengeance. Robots are created out of purely scientific motivation with no aura of "forbiddenness." They are tools intended to advance man's good the way the railroad and telegraph did; but they got out of hand and in the end the human race was destroyed.
Even the bombs themselves can be used for useful and constructive purposes (as motive power for spaceships, for one thing).