Soon after the invention of the carriage, someone was able to move logs more easily. Soon after, someone let a carriage run over their legs. Trucks are used to transport food, but they are also used to transport weapons.
Cyber optimists believe that the wheels of technology will develop in the direction of progress, making our lives more perfect every day. Which century would you prefer to live in?
Cyber pessimists see technological change as a threat that requires daily inspections and vigilance.
Neither of these default positions is tenable or sustainable.
Technological change does not always make things better. It usually comes with significant side effects and costs. However, thanks to the vigilance and hard work of some people, technology also has a long history of making us safer, healthier, and happier.
Cyber realists see both and focus on being cautious about systemic changes and lock-in, especially for cultural and organizational changes that are difficult to get rid of.