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The Solution to the Current Crises

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My blog post for Human Progress: When you think about it, what has happened to human society in the last 300 years is pretty weird.

After trundling along with horses and sailboats, slaves and swords, for millennia, we suddenly got steam engines and search engines, and planes and cars and electricity and computers and social media and DNA sequences.

We gave ourselves a perpetual motion machine called innovation. The more we innovated, the more innovation became possible. It’s by far the biggest story of the last three centuries—the main cause of the decline of extreme poverty to unprecedented levels—yet we know curiously little about why it happened, let alone when and where and how it can be made to continue.

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