They become super-people – despising ordinary people and their paltry needs. They become obsessed with grand schemes, such as The Market and its needs instead. They become destructive, and eliminate all human progress – serving Power, and nothing else.
As an objective philosopher, one might wonder why being obsessed with technology makes people murderous. I think this new identity, as something all-powerful – brings back, and re-energizes the Terrible God of the ancient world, which we got from the Hebrews. Which became incorporated into the unconscious foundations of Christianity. Which became incorporated into our religious-secular world. And which is destroying it.
This world consists of The West (The US and the EU), the East (China and Japan), with Islam and Israel right in the middle. There are numerous minor players too, but they can be ignored for now. In all cases, power is the main issue, mainly economic power, but also in the case of Islam: religious power.
These two kinds of power form the conflict between the West and Islam. The East simply concentrates on taking advantage of everyone else, regardless of religious or ideological conflicts – and seems to be winning.