Imagine a society of cows in a field with no culture and barely any communication shared. Imagine them each seemingly reasonable intelligent to each other, but outside viewers with higher intelligence view them as retarded cows incapable of complex language
What if we haven't achieved anything yet and we're still mentally not ready to stop physically evolving? What if we accidentally discovered technology too soon and it will stunt us, while if we took the process more slowly our biology could integrate it more through social natural selection? It's like we're moving forward too quickly but it's not as stable this way and there's a chance of crashing - we should have practiced this a bit more
Imagine we're like the above statement. But now imagine that we aren't and indeed everything is okay and we're gaining intelligence at a good rate. Even in this scenario it's possible to imagine a culture in the previous one. So how do we know whether we're in that state?
I feel like we're an idiot species and unironically, despite all of our technology. The fact that the people who make these technologies are outliers means our society's intelligence is not widespread enough to guarantee us future survival even if a small handful of visionaries like Archimedes and Newton pull us into the future. It's not sustainable I feel and the study of sociology and psychology is sorely underrated in "hard" sciences, because ALL sciences depend upon a stable society in which to grow, or else science cannot grow
Not only is it the ethical imperative of scientists to help discover the invention of the future - also it is their ethical imperative to move society towards an environment more suitable to fertile and longterm scientific thoughts. It's not trivial HR tasks or dumb weak sciences like sociology, it's truly important because it will dictate the rate of scientific discovery. Imagine if every 100 years we could instead take a 20 year break and focus entirely on society