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I remember the time the internet went mainstream and the general public (non-tech people) were very receptive to media spelling out all the negative horrors ... about all the potentially dark corners ... all the porn ... people dating online ... all which ultimately leading to a meltdown of society.

In reality we sorted a lot of the problems out as we went along. We have muddled through somehow. The process I think was hardly linear or deterministic. And I think it never will be. Look at InfoSec where it is a constant game of catching up. Yet somehow our ancient technology stacks (DNS, SMTP, HTTP, ...) still seem to work and our world has not yet imploded. Society not yet collapsed. Our children who grew up with the Internet have turned out pretty well (people today seem a lot smarter than most of the guys I grew up with in the 70ies/80ies mainly because of the Internet)

Seems that every time we're on the verge to discovering something totally radical (crypto currencies, big-data, IoT, ...) fear is strong. The only place (people) I have seen where the mainstream approaches technologies with an open mind is Japan. There even old people think robots are cute and innovation is ultimately good. In the rest of the world technology is something potentially evil that must be regulated at all cost before it is even invented.

What if we succeed in creating a decentralized autonomous organizations (DAO)[0] or an economy that doesn't answer to the state. We are pretty close to having the tools for it, and I'm sure this is scary as hell for a lot of nation states. See also the latest news about UK government creating their own version of a blockchain by removing the best feature (decentralization [1]). I doubt though that any of this will lead to anarchy (unless our system/society is already so broken that it was due to be replaced with a healthier model anyway).

[0] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decentralized_autonomous_organ...

[1] http://www.newsbtc.com/2016/01/19/uk-government-to-develop-a...

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