I have always believed that personal freedom is one of the most important things to any human, technology will advance no matter what even at a slower place but I believe we should not sacrifice our personal freedom for any reason at all even if that means it slows down developments.
Personal freedom will always be more important. People do better when they are free to do their own thing. They have no restrictions and can push boundaries. That is how many technological advances get made because people were allowed to use their mind in a clear way. They were not held back by someone dictating to them.
Technology is already advancing at such a rate that it is starting to limit or confuse our identities as human beings. The most important thing for a human being is not some hope for some kind of technological and societal singularity - which should be frightening for us as autonomous beings with will - but the freedom to choose and simply be.
I believe that that technological advancement, however important, should not come at a cost of sacrificing personal freedom of the general public. What have we become when we gain the world by selling our souls? I would hate to see. I believe there is a way to balance both and achieve advancement as well as our freedom in tact.
While the technological advancement of a society is very important, I think the concept of personal freedom is even more important. What is the use of a society with all the technological advancements that are possible in science if the citizens of said society do not possess the ability to experience freedoms?