Have to agree with you there.
I tend to see most of our technological goals as fairly inevitable, given no major disasters,
I do, however, somewhat fear the reaction of the existing power structure(s) to the existence of an intelligent, organized and determined group intending to take advantage of those technologies. I don't have much faith in the "Guvment' really putting all the pieces together in time to do anything too meaningful, if they're not handed the agenda on a platter.
In that vein, how many have read the USAF's 2025 scenario report and does anyone know how seriously the portions of it that we would find most attractive are viewed?