The more technology replaces humans, the more humans sink into poverty. It seems that technology is being used to create a wealthy, powerful minority and a poor, used majority that is now dependent upon the technology.
Consider Agri-Business. Non germinating plants for food? seems like a bad idea. Electronic voting that the general public does not understand and will eventually be forced to use in spite of distrust. How about providing the poor voters with a computer so they can be indoctrinated more easily. Politicians could then provide politically correct (as in their views) information to the voters. Bye bye informed population. You don't really need to know about that, trust us (and our propoganda).