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TED debate on the future of innovation

Interesting debate below between Robert Gordon and Erik Brynjolffson on how they see the future of work and innovation mapping out.  Gordon famously declared that growth was essentially over, with the most game changing innovations having already been invented.

Brynjolfsson however is more optimistic.  He adopts the approach taken by W. Brian Arthur, who argued that technology can consist of inventions with a direct benefit, and inventions that help us make other inventions.  Brynjolfsson believes we’re currently getting to grips with a lot of inventions that once fully understood will give society a huge leap forward.

Do you think we are witnessing the end of innovation? Is growth over? Did either speaker here change your opinion?  Let me know in the comments.

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