I first came across this information while reading and listening to Terence McKenna who theorized on this subject based on his experiences with shamanism and plants. He really hit the nail on the head from my perspective, he saw the technological singularity in the 70s. His view on the matter was that the technological singularity is a goal of nature. What we refer to as "nature" is a living thing and the singularity is what it wants. Nature is just as much computers and concrete as it is trees and birds. Human beings get to play perhaps the most important role in making it happen. McKenna thought that the acceleration to this singularity would happen exponentially faster. He said, "it's going to get so weird that everyone will have to talk about how weird it is." His recorded lectures are really fun to listen to.
McKenna thought there was free will when it came to our future. Whether the singularity comes with a fascist police state or comes with a free and loving society of individuals is still up to us, collectively speaking.
This is not an economic or political problem. It is a cultural problem. Culture is psychological programming. Libertarian-minded folk tend to respect different cultural programming as long as their own is not threatened. This usually results in peaceful operation; however, a more massive group of individuals use cultural programming that is so off balance and out of tune that violence and coercion are created and thrives. Spreading the message of liberty is really just trying to replace bad ideas with good ones. That is what we have to do. Not just talk shit on what's f-ed up, but replace it with better ideas. This was Ron Paul's goal and he was very successful.
It seems as if the police state is tightening its grip over everything. Things are getting worse while at the same time positive things happen, not just in the political world, but in individual lives. Nature might need the negativity to spark the positive. To quote the movie I Heart Huckabees, "No manure, no magic." McKenna I'm sure would also share that sentiment.
What Mckenna thought was needed was what he called an "archaic revival." Not stepping back, but awakening to the true nature of life and humanity through plant-based shamanism. To hear him explain it in his recorded lectures is very inspiring, they are very easy to find and listen to online. Psychoactive plants have been with humanity since its birth, may have even been responsible for consciousness, and are absolutely illegal and socially unacceptable in our culture. Anyone who has experimented with cannabis knows how powerful it effects your mind. Is it any wonder why statists dont want you to have it? And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
It is my humble opinion what without these special consciousness altering plants that have traditionally been used by shamans, individuals will not be able to awaken their mind and open their eyes to the reality the singularity brings. They are the individuals who accept and facilitate the police state. How much fluoride does it take? They have enough, but it is useless against the plants I refer to.
I can't really approach this subject from an economic perspective. I think the technological singularity is more than just losing jobs and debt based currency. It is about how we live out our lives here on this planet. We should be asking ourselves, why do we have to pay money just to exist and live on the planet? The things we need fall from the sky, spring from the ground and are birthed from our bodies. With shamanic psychoactive plants AND technology, we can have a peaceful and joyous future. The technology without the plants might mean police state and who knows what else... Just my perspective from my little corner of the world.