When I was younger (in the 70s), I spent a lot of time reading books about the exciting things to come in the year 2000 and beyond. We were supposed to have at least one permanent moon base, public transport with Cabin taxis and underwater cities. And of course peace, happiness and prosperity all over the planet.
Today, it's a bit disappointing to see that none of these things actually became true. Humans seem to be most innovative when it comes to better weapons or more effective Vendor lock-in.
Technical advances must go hand in hand with advances of the human mind; everything else is doomed to failure. Maybe the internet (which was not mentioned in my children's books) can help here.