It just occurred to me how future technologies might upend our culture and some of its long-term trends.
For example, the West is now in the grips of a "cancelling" frenzy, where mobs of politically correct people are destroying the livelihoods of people who don't conform to liberal values, and in fairness, conservatives of various stripes do similar things to liberals in other parts of the world. Countless people have lost their jobs, valuable contracts, and other deals as a result.
At first glance, there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel. However, won't the mob's leverage vanish once machines take all of our jobs, so no humans can get "fired" anymore? Assuming that we'll all subsist off of UBI, and the benefits will be unconditional, there will be no way to financially hurt other humans.
Even the ability to hurt other people by suspending their social media accounts will be undermined once the centralized paradigm breaks down, which I believe it will. Twitter's deletion of Trump's account and other similar events like Facebook censoring the Myanmar government's accounts will be looked back on as watersheds that convinced key people the social media tech giants had too much power over speech. It's just a matter of time before the social media landscape fragments, and people move to decentralized platforms that are designed to be very hard or impossible to censor. Under the new paradigm, mobs and governments wouldn't be able to silence individuals they didn't like--the best they could do is block them from their own social media feeds.
Likewise, there are endless complaints about how Hollywood (and, increasingly, the video game industry) consistently pushes a left-wing cultural and political agenda, which large segments of the world population find offensive. However, once AIs are advanced enough to create films, TV shows, and video games, the centralized content production and distribution model will break down, and individuals will be able to get whatever customized content they like. If you are a QAnon believer, and you only ever want to see American conservatives win and the liberal cannibal pedos lose, you could essentially push a button on your keyboard and live in that FIVR world forever. Entire institutions like schools, colleges, and churches, that were ideologically suited to your views, would arise and would be accessed through FIVR.
While these developments might seem fanciful, they're actually in keeping with the (disturbing) trend for people to live in ever-more-curated "reality bubbles" where they only associate with people who share their views, and even have their own "alternative facts." The fabric of human society would become more fragmented than ever, and there could actually be resurgences of highly conservative culture around the world.