I cannot escape the thought that if technological “progress” were allowed to proceed indefinitely and unhindered by government regulation, cosmic catastrophe, or divine intervention life should become depressingly dull, an unrelenting exercise in expanding and contracting one’s ribcage while seeking out the next momentary diversion or adrenaline producing near-death experience. People will be forced to invent virtual realities in which to experience real life. The only urban career left will involve helping virtual tourists get the most out of their virtual vacations. The happiest people will take their cue from the Amish and eschew labor-saving devices in favor of dirt and sweat and the vagaries of uncontrolled climate.
Same-day update: Back in 2007 Michael Swaim wrote a humorous piece about the most common SF visions of the future. It’s pretty good if you keep in mind that he was only writing for fun: The 8 Most Common Sci-Fi Visions of the Future (And Why They’ll Never Happen).