We imagine that energy decline and economic collapse will eradicate all high tech, and reduce the whole planet to a pre-industrial lifestyle, because it’s easy to imagine. It’s harder to imagine a collapse that’s unevenly distributed. Historically, economic collapses do not reduce everyone to poverty, but increase the gap between rich and poor. I think the same thing is going to happen with technology: while overall resource consumption decreases, the proportion spent at the leading edge of technology will increase. Less energy will be spent moving physical stuff, and more will be spent moving information.
— The Future Will Not Be Like The Past - Ran Prieur