Technology Before Politics?

Aileen Gallagher talks with sci-fi novelist William Gibson:

If you’re born now, your native culture is global, to an increasing extent. There are things that are unknowable for futurists of any stripe, be they science-fiction writing charlatans like myself or anthropologists in the employ of large automobile companies who are paid to figure out what people might want in ten years. One of the things that’s unknowable is how humanity will use any new technology. ...

Technology trumps politics. Technology trumps religion. It just does. And that’s why we are where we are now. ... This is not only what we do, it’s literally who we are as a species. We’ve become something other than what our ancestors were.