to gradually go from an advanced state to a less advanced state
- to pass (responsibility, power, etc.) from one person or group to another person or group at a lower level of authority
- to be given to someone after the owner has died
(Devolve. (n.d.). Retrieved August 14, 2015, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/devolve)
Although there is a debate, it is fairly one-sided. There is no debate that the unasked for, unregulated, unsupervised, uncontrolled, and incomprehensibly rapid pace of technological change being forced on the world has caused irreparable changes. There is also no debate that to a large extent, the more we advance technologically, the further we devolve socially, intellectually, psychologically, and in human terms. The only real debate that remains is how extensive and brutal and disturbing will be the changes to humanity as we are forced down a road not of our choosing.
To this argument, there appear to be two schools of thought: One predicts the outcome, already tragic, embarrassing, and obscene, will continue to get worse; the other is largely the argument continually broadcast by the Information Technology industry's apologists who promise with warm reassurance a nightmarish Huxleyesque future of inescapable and eternally orgasmic but empty and unearned pleasure.
The Evolution of Technology and the Devolution of Man provides good insight into this debate, and resources you can use to choose a better direction, if you are so inclined.
(Reference: Jorund. (n.d.). The Evolution of Technology and the Devolution of Man. Retrieved April 1, 2015, from http://www.evolution-revolution.org/2010/03/the-evolution-of-technology-and-the-devolution-of-man/)