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Why a dawn of technological optimism is breaking

8 mins | Jan 20, 2021

The 2010s were marked by pessimism about innovation. That is giving way to hope. "Today a dawn of technological optimism is breaking. The speed at which COVID-19 vaccines have been produced has made scientists household names. Prominent breakthroughs, a tech investment boom and the adoption of digital technologies during the pandemic are combining to raise hopes of a new era of progress: optimists giddily predict a 'roaring Twenties'. Just as the pessimism of the 2010s was overdone — the decade saw many advances, such as in cancer treatment — so predictions of technological Utopia are overblown. But there is a realistic possibility of a new era of innovation that could lift living standards, especially if governments help new technologies to flourish." The Economist reflects.

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From The Economist