The plain message physical science has for the world at large is this, that were our political and social and moral devices only as well contrived to their ends as a linotype machine, an antiseptic operating plant, or an electric tram-car, there need now at the present moment be no appreciable toil in the world.
~ H G Wells
That's all very well, but basically, isn't humanity just too stupid? We have every modern invention at our disposal and we have still created something as bad as wankerpedia. (I do try keep away from that hellish place, but I stumbled there accidentally in looking for a quick way to determine what year A Modern Utopia was written in, and I couldn't believe how bad the HG Wells article is...)
Motto: if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.