I really like this post and you are getting at some interesting stuff with a great writing style. I think you are biting off a ton in a single post though, and I feel you could be a bit clearer with what the point(s) are that you are trying to make.
As far as I can tell, there are three points here.
- That the human experience is not being enhanced by tech. This is your main point, and I think it is true, for now. Uber creates a more efficient mini-economy that it controls, so they can treat employees terribly. The thing to remember here is that this is a pattern throughout history. Every time innovation comes it comes with people taking advantage of other people. There is no way to escape that, and it is DEFINITELY not unique to tech. The industrial revolution in america was a tragedy if you are measuring in terms of human life fulfillment, but it paved the way for regulations like child labor laws, the FDA, and the 5 day work week.
- That the app economy is a bubble — Yes, this is true, and most people acknowledge it. Again this is a cyclical trend that many people are aware of. The undergraduate education bubble is also poised to burst, and it might be an even more dangerous one.
- The tech is becoming introverted: “tech used to mean sending men to the moon,” and all that. — This is also very true, and driven by the aforementioned bubble in consumer tech. It doesn’t mean that noone is interested in progressive technology, and there are some great collaborations going on between public and private companies that are pushing tech to pursue more far-reaching goals.
Great post, keep writing!