I'm not sure that our society is better because of cell phones - at least in terms of mobile data, the new electronic crack. I guess time will tell ...
I understand at least one of your points about government & special interests inhibiting societal (debatable) progress, but I'm not going to pick a moral - I'm gonna propose one of my own.
In light of Amazon's recent acquisition of Whole Foods, it got me thinking about a theme that I have brought up frequently in various forums over the years: "Tech-sourcing".
Trump got elected in large part because of his message about stopping the flow of U.S. jobs to the Mexicans and the Chinese. That may have been true 30 years ago, but actually most of the jobs have disappeared due to technology.
We're not losing jobs to 3rd world nations anymore. We're losing jobs to The Terminator.
For example, we simply don't need spot welders on assembly lines anymore, Robots do it. Autonomous vehicles will soon be replacing long-haul truckers. The entire music industry is shot. And, of course, retail is especially getting it's ass kicked, hammered home by Amazon soon to be drone-dropping your kale smoothies to your doorstep. Jobs are disappearing like crazy and it's not because of cheap labor in other parts of the world.
My moral: With technology, the question is no longer if we can do it. The answer's always gonna be "yes". Maybe the question we should be asking is whether or not we should do it ... It's not a discussion I hear very often.