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Why are fictional inventors anti-trade?

In stories, those who invent and make powerful technologies frequently seek to gain power via the technology they make.

In reality, those who invent and make powerful technologies seek to gain power solely through selling their technologies and getting status.

Fictional artists do not keep their paintings, to go out provoking and moving people themselves. Fictional chefs usually prefer trade to eating it all themselves.

Why the difference?

How much does this bias our expectations for the social outcomes, especially risks, of future technologies?