A darker view of technology's future

Yesterday's Tomorrows: Past Visions of the American Future

"There are so many things you can't anticipate when you create a new technology," he says. "Who would have predicted that the Internet would be taking down shopping malls and wiping out newspapers?''

"Even then, people had a misplaced faith in the power of inventions to make life easier, Americans' faith in the power of technology to reshape the future is due in part to their history. Americans have never accepted a radical political transformation that would change their future. They prefer technology, not radical politics, to propel social change."

"At some point, you can't expect a miracle to come in the form of technology to save us, the miracle has to come from a change in attitude and a new outlook."