Microsoft has a whole group of PhDs that are working on the idea of elegant technologies for you to use to make your life less complex. This fits into the philosophy of the Windows Phone 7: Use it less and get more out of the phone.
The mission of the Socio=Digital Systems is to bring together social science, design and computer science. The goal is to find new ways to improve the human-computer interaction. These are people who are definitely fighting against the Lords of Complexity.
If you are a student this is a rich source of paper ideas with solid references. If you are not a student, this is a great way to get up to speed on the future of technology, there is even a free magazine.