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Source text in English

Boom times are back in Silicon Valley. Office parks along Highway 101 are once again adorned with the insignia of hopeful start-ups. Rents are soaring, as is the demand for fancy vacation homes in resort towns like Lake Tahoe, a sign of fortunes being amassed. The Bay Area was the birthplace of the semiconductor industry and the computer and internet companies that have grown up in its wake. Its wizards provided many of the marvels that make the world feel futuristic, from touch-screen phones to the instantaneous searching of great libraries to the power to pilot a drone thousands of miles away. The revival in its business activity since 2010 suggests progress is motoring on.

So it may come as a surprise that some in Silicon Valley think the place is stagnant, and that the rate of innovation has been slackening for decades. Peter Thiel, a founder of PayPal, and the first outside investor in Facebook, says that innovation in America is “somewhere between dire straits and dead”. Engineers in all sorts of areas share similar feelings of disappointment. And a small but growing group of economists reckon the economic impact of the innovations of today may pale in comparison with those of the past.

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Across the board, innovations fueled by cheap processing power are taking off. Computers are beginning to understand natural language. People are controlling video games through body movement alone—a technology that may soon find application in much of the business world. Three-dimensional printing is capable of churning out an increasingly complex array of objects, and may soon move on to human tissues and other organic material.

An innovation pessimist could dismiss this as “jam tomorrow”. But the idea that technology-led growth must either continue unabated or steadily decline, rather than ebbing and flowing, is at odds with history. Chad Syverson of the University of Chicago points out that productivity growth during the age of electrification was lumpy. Growth was slow during a period of important electrical innovations in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; then it surged.

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There were 15 entries submitted in this pair during the submission phase, 7 of which were selected by peers to advance to the finals round. The winning entry was determined based on finals round voting by peers.

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Entries (15 total; 7 finalists) Expand all entries

Entry #26611 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
Katarina Maravić
Katarina Maravić
Սերբիա
Winner
Voting points1st2nd3rd
5312 x405 x1
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry3.904.00 (5 ratings)3.80 (5 ratings)
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • 2 users entered 14 "like" tags
  • 8 users agreed with "likes" (34 total agrees)
  • 1 user disagreed with "likes" (1 total disagree)
+4
Silicijumska dolina
Good term selection
Vesna Savić
+3
2
Silicijumska dolina ponovo cveta
Flows well
Milica Maravić
+4
1
vrtoglavo rastu
Flows well
Milica Maravić
+2
znak sticanja bogatstva
Flows well
Vesna Savić
+4
iznedrila je
Good term selection
Vesna Savić
+2
napredak odvija velikom brzinom
Flows well
Vesna Savić
+1
Na globalnom nivou
Good term selection
Milica Maravić
+4
u punom su zamahu
Flows well
Vesna Savić
+2
masovno proizvodi
Good term selection
Milica Maravić
+2
Pesimisti po pitanju inovacija
Flows well
Vesna Savić
+3
prazno obećanje
Good term selection
Vesna Savić
+1
umesto da se odvija u smenjivanju perioda opadanja i procvata
Flows well
Milica Maravić
-1
+1
u oblasti elektroindustrije
Good term selection
Milica Maravić
Entry #26411 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
Finalist
Voting points1st2nd3rd
355 x47 x21 x1
Rating typeOverallQualityAccuracy
Entry2.172.33 (3 ratings)2.00 (3 ratings)
Entry tagging:
 
 
  • 5 users entered 8 "like" tags
  • 3 users agreed with "likes" (3 total agrees)
  • 2 users disagreed with "likes" (5 total disagrees)
Doba procvata
Flows well
Miodrag Blagojevic
-1
otmenim
Good term selection
Katarina Maravić
znak da je finansijsko stanje ljudi sve bolje
Flows well
Katarina Maravić
-1
+1
„štancuje“
Good term selection
Milica Maravić
+1
neujednačen
Good term selection
Milica Maravić
-1
iz oblasti električne energije
Good term selection
Katarina Maravić