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What Do Unintended Consequences and Technological Breakthroughs Have in Common?

When mankind learned how to produce fire, unintended consequences - like massive man-caused conflagrations - followed. One such massive fire occurred in Chicago during the early fall of 1871.

Technological achievements are similar.  They help to make our lives better, but sometimes they produce unexpected consequences.  What are some of the recent technology achievements which have caused unexpected consequences?  

Were the consequences predictable? Why, or why not?


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