I was watching a TV show about the so called "internet of things", which is connectivity of things such as TV, laptop, console, radio, mobile phone and then by extention thermostat, kitchen utensils, furniture etc. as opposed to people and communications. It posited that this is a sort of tipping point in human affairs, unavoidably, irrevocably this connectivity is developing apace.
It has expanded vastly the surveillence peole can expect, also the "attack base" for cyber criminals and terrorists, the examples they used were of hacking of internet connected pace makers, insulin pumps etc. (the guy who broke the stories and showed how died himself mysteriously), it could also have a major implication for the relationship of citizens and their states or rather elite factions operating within their states such as their "intelligence communities".
The show posited the question of how prepared or informed and aware the public were about these developments, the politics of privacy etc.
It made me think, pretty much mankind has surpassed anything imagined in science fiction stories in terms of technics but its never made the same or much progress in surpassing anything imagined in the hopeful or rosy utopias, what about that? Surely the point has been reached were the maturational crisis of individuals or society, when individuals fail to develop a conscience despite developing their intelligence and technological savvy, it poses a problem?