Phil and Stephen continue their discussion of whether things are getting worse or better — this time looking at evidence that matters are improving.
News stories discussed include:
Ray Kurzweil: What Is the Future of Capitalism?
There was a long period of stronger productivity growth from 1917 to 1973 driven by low-cost oil and increasing usage of cars and more efficient factories.
We are entering a new period of stronger productivity growth from energy cheaper than oil, self-driving cars making transportation cheaper than car ownership, AI-Big Data and robotics boosting the efficiency of business and medicines that will cure diseases and restore vitality.
We Aren’t Destroying the Earth
Harvard Professor Steven Pinker on Why We Refuse to See the Bright Side, Even Though We Should