You can never properly predict the future as it really turns out. So you are doing something a little different when you write science fiction. You are trying to take a different perspective on now.
Science fiction rarely is about scientists doing real science, in its slowness, its vagueness, the sort of tedious quality of getting out there and digging amongst rocks and then trying to convince people that what you’re seeing justifies the conclusions you’re making.
Science was many things, Nadia thought, including a weapon with which to hit other scientists. – Kim Stanley Robinson
They lived like monkeys still, while their new god powers lay around them in the weeds. – Kim Stanley Robinson