Why the exponential growth of science and technology came to an end in the early 1970s.

A dominant narrative that you hear today is that we live in a world of fast scientific and technological progress. This accelerationist narrative proclaims that technological progress is happening so quickly that it poses serious dangers from mass unemployment to super intelligent AI. It is a mainstream narrative, prevalent in TED talks and best-selling books. However, it is one that is beginning to fray.

A counter-narrative is emerging, which puts forward the case that we are living in a period of stagnation. It may be a contrarian viewpoint but given its implications it is one worth exploring.

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2019 was an eventful year on the political treadmill. Brexit fatigue, impeachment exhaustion, EU populist gains, and a strong S&P 500. Social media was loud and tribal, difficult conversations were no-platformed and ideas were trumped by identity. In a world that seems increasingly polarised — what lessons can we learn and what can we expect in 2020 — the year of the US election?

Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party win a majority in the UK election

A good place to start is the U.K. election, an event filled with hidden lessons about the future of politics. On December 12th, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party decimated Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party…

Last month, Facebook released a white paper for their “Libra” digital currency. Libra’s mission is “to enable a simple global currency and financial infrastructure that empowers billions of people”. It will enable you to buy things or send money to people with nearly zero fees. You’ll be able to buy or cash out Libra online or at local exchange points like grocery stores, and spend it using interoperable third party wallet apps or Facebooks own Calibra wallet that will be built into WhatsApp, Messenger and its own app.

The announcement has aided the resurgence of bitcoin as the cryptocurrency continues…

Sean Mackie

Interested in the latest science and technology shaping the world of tomorrow… along with the odd political dabble.

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