Not long ago it seemed as if the future was going to get better and better — not long ago at all.
For me the high point was around 2005, fifteen years ago.
I don’t know if you can remember how you felt at the time, but for me the surge in living standards, driven by an ever-building surge in output per working hour (“productivity”) suggested things were building on themselves: each new innovation was making use of the ones that had come before to the point where….
- ^ The Singularity Is Near (singularity.com)
- ^ law of accelerating returns (www.kurzweilai.net)
- ^ 15 hours (www.econ.yale.edu)
- ^ four-hour (archive.org)
- ^ ABS (www.abs.gov.au)
- ^ United States (www.bls.gov)
- ^ got serious (www.cultofmac.com)
- ^ The Rise and Fall of American Growth (press.princeton.edu)
- ^ Peter Thiel (som.yale.edu)
- ^ 80% (www.pc.gov.au)
- ^ multi-factor productivity (www.abs.gov.au)
- ^ satisfaction (www.abs.gov.au)
- ^ Have we just stumbled on the biggest productivity increase of the century? (theconversation.com)
- ^ persuasive industries (treasury.gov.au)
- ^ dementia patients (www.vox.com)
- ^ political news (www.wired.com)
- ^ 48,000 (www.adamsmithworks.org)
- ^ generalists (timharford.com)
- ^ intergenerational reports (treasury.gov.au)
Authors: Peter Martin, Visiting Fellow, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University