Two interesting words, especially when together, in that order.
I would think, but I’m not certain, that scientists have both benefited and lost momentum due to unintended consequences.
If you are reading this, see what you think. Seems like their are unintended consequences with a lot of actions.
I found the words below on the internet, using Google.
In the social sciences, unintended consequences (sometimes unanticipated consequences or unforeseen consequences) are outcomes that are not the ones foreseen and intended by a purposeful action. The term was popularised in the twentieth century by American sociologist Robert K. Merton.