A recent Frontline documentary, Digital Nation: A Life on the Virtual Frontier, asks just this question (Where Is Technology Taking Us?)–particularly with regard to education. Subjects include attention span, multi-tasking, and the doubts of one-time technology evangelist Douglas Rushkoff. But while some see technology as an obstacle to clear thinking and human interaction, others see it as essential to contemporary education.
You can watch the documentary here (activate "CC" for subtitles), but don’t forget to check your news feeds, twitter, and facebook while it’s on in the background. Here you have a summary of the programme