So, what can we do about that risk? To answer this question, it's easier to answer a much broader question. I found this one passage, quoted in a speech by Tom Malone (author of The Future of Work), to be helpful. Here is Tom, and then the quote:
"You probably have more choices than you realize. To make choices wisely, you need to think about what really matters to you."
"What can I actually do? The answer is as simple as it is disconcerting: we can, each of us, work to put our own inner house in order. The guidance we need for this work cannot be found in science or technology... but it can still be found in the traditional wisdom of mankind."
-- E.F. Schumacher, Small is Beautiful, 1973.