In terms of morality, are we advancing or retreating? I don't think we are advancing. Fear of reprisals holds back attacks against the better armed societies. However, asymmetrical tactics are undermining that. Pressure cookers tend to be safe until they explode. Meanwhile, morally incoherent people are multiplying and morphing into suicide agents for igniting explosions.
Google can imagine a web-based cloud that eventually and transcendentally may absorb the consciousness of every human being, from which cloud each transcendent being may feed back from time to time, to take sabbaticals from the cloud. If so, why presume such a feedback-based cloud does not already abide? Why assume that a spiritual cloud does not already abide? Why assume the world is purely one-way material predestination -- devoid of spiritual feedback, meaning and purposefulness? To assume we enjoy no quality of responsible feedback with the cloud is to assume that spirituality is pure myth. The more we assume a predestination that is devoid of responsibility, the more the world will sink into amorality. Insofar as spirituality is not purely myth, that is the road to actual evil.
Regarding the satisfaction of material wants, interpretations that are without seasoning with moral and spiritual meaningfulness seem bound to twist the masses towards becoming demonic debt slaves. Thus will rise the most demonic sociopaths to rule all others -- regardless of whether the system is rationalized as being governance ruled by socialists or as governance that is ruled by corporatists who rule socialists. Without assimilation of a moral philosophy, or theosophy, it seems absurd to expect that either international corporatism or international socialism, as any thing like existents in themselves, would help push us towards decent or enlightened society.
I think intelligence has to do with not letting yourself become fenced in. Intelligence combined with empathy has to do with not letting yourself become fenced in and not wanting to see others needlessly fenced in. Intelligence combined with empathy combined with vision has to do with wanting to inspire similar others to not want to be fenced in, to not want to fence in others, and to teach others the same. Inspiration has to do with intuiting and feeling meaningfulness and purposefulness as accompanying the expanding and unfolding of our cosmos.
Our main nemesis for the age in which we find ourselves consists in this: We are living in an age of increasing intelligence, declining empathy, muddled vision, and pleasure-addled inspiration. In short, ours is an age of demonic sociopathy. Among reduced empaths and visionless despirits, the reigning idea seems to be that our biggest problem is any idea or ideal of godliness that gets in the way of robotic scientism. In effect, we are being ruled by self-destructive suicide-bombers who want to inspire us to believe that there is nothing of our cosmos that is worth being inspired about. That is, that the cosmos is predestined and entirely closed to any reality of spiritual stock.
It will be interesting to watch the upcoming movie interpretation of Noah. A flood myth or metaphor has been borrowed in many religious traditions. Such a metaphor is useful to illustrate ideas that carry moral truth value. Some of those ideas include: That Beingness is haunted with potential for catastrophe. The here and now is not the end-all, be-all. Humanity is not the apex. Humanity is often depraved. God learns. We are in a feedback relationship with an appreciating Reconciler. We can tend towards better guidance by being, through good will and good faith, receptive to the Reconciler. Humanity needs to be receptive to a higher Source of guidance to have any hope against depravity.