We live in the worst timeline where humans will adapt to serve the technology. As a species we're already merging with it. We will just continue merging with it in news ways going forward. Brain implants and a real time HUD projected over your normal vision are coming anon. So is the real time hook-up to big tech's propaganda server that's going to spew bullshit into your brain at all times and instruct you when to show up for the flash mob (peaceful protest).
People are coping with this in different ways.>NPCs
The so-called NPCs think it's just fucking wonderful and will make it their life goal to obtain the highest social score possible. They love the taste of the boot.>NEETs
NEETs have dropped out of the system but continue to depend on it. They escape into fantasy and need technology to live out their dreams (like dinner with their waifu). They accept parts of the botnet in return for this. NEETs will go along with this brave new world. All you have to do is threaten to take away their gibs and tendies.>Uncle Teds
These people have rejected technology and "the system". They sometimes lash out against the system. They are most ineffective because one man can't do much in our current situation.
When the time comes these people will be hunted down and culled. The system has no use for them. They are the biggest threat to the system. These people think they can hide in the woods by building cabins in the middle of nowhere. All of them are going to get Waco'ed. It's impossible to hide in the forests now. The forests have some of the most sophisticated surveillance technology watching them. Between the eyes in the sky and the hidden trail cameras the Uncle Ted's of the world are pretty much fucked.
I wish we would have gotten the steampunk future instead anon. I would have settled for the 80s neon cyberpunk. Instead we're getting Demolition Man. I hope you like show tunes.