A Better Future Needs a Bit of a Push

Technological innovation is slowing and could use a helping hand from government.
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Peter Thiel comes bearing dark portents for our civilization. The PayPal co-founder and venture capitalist is an outspoken iconoclast, regarded by some as brilliant and by others as crazy. In recent years, Thiel has joined the chorus of voices warning that technological progress has stagnated, adding his voice to those of Robert Gordon and Tyler Cowen, but also Neal Stephenson and Paul Krugman. When you find such a diverse group of smart people sounding the same alarm, it’s worth paying attention.

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