“Cellphones in 2011 contain more computing power than the entire Apollo space program in 1969.”
Article discusses the slowdown of what some would deem “progress.” (Progress is illusory, but the article kind of tips its hat to that idea.) Anyway, this current seeming slowdown or stagnation is only really slow when compared to previous generations, generations who had larger gaps to cross. A news story on NPR this morning discussed kind of the same issue in regards to generations of immigrants in the US. The first generation of kids born in the US of immigrant parents typically move up in the world, are better educated, earn more money, etc. Their children? They don’t make the same leap. Why? They have less in their way, they don’t have as far to leap. Does this make sense?
Anyway, the article raises good points, but its conclusion and its references to liberals vs. conservatives strikes me as a little beside the point. Rather, these are factors in Thiel’s discussion, but I sense an undercurrent of resentment, especially at the end.