Peter Thiel once lamented: “We wanted flying cars and all we got was 140 characters”. His point was that true groundbreaking technological progress seemed to have slowed down dramatically. In the 20th century alone we got cars, planes, electricity, put a man on the moon, and invented the internet. But - so his thought process went - in the 21st century capital (and time) was sucked up mostly by companies seeking new ways to entertain us (Facebook, Twitter, Netflix) or sell us things (e.g. Google ads).
great coverage Ben, thank you!