The last couple weeks have been strangely full of optimism while also being dis-heartening. I suppose that’s just the way things go sometimes. How are things going for you? Have you found anything interesting online lately?
There is already the problem where content rights different from country to country: so Netflix in Germany is different than in the USA. And now it really seems like it will be impossible to even keep the entire world connected; instead there will probably be a few different “isolated internets” across the globe.
Despite vast increases in the time and money spent on research, progress is barely keeping pace with the past. What went wrong?
If science is suffering diminishing returns, what does that mean for our long-term future? Will there be fewer new scientific insights to inspire new technologies of the kind which have so reshaped our world over the past century? In fact, economists see evidence this is happening, in what they call the productivity slowdown.