A comic with two characters: a girl wearing a pink shirt, and a boy wearing a grey shirt. Character 1 says: 'So, we've just had roughly 250 years of uninterrupted rapid technological change.' Character 2 says: 'Sure, since the Industrial Revolution. Steam engines, internal combustion engines, electrical grids, radio, computers...' Character 1 says: 'But if you look at human history on a larger scale, rapid progress is unusual - most of the time technological change is very slow.' Character 2 says: 'With occasional spurts - like when someone invents iron smelting and suddenly buildings are taller because the iron supports can hold more weight.' Character 1 says: 'Well, we tend to think rapid technological progress will go on forever, but what if industrialisation was just another spurt?' Character 2 says: 'So... industrialisation opened up a whole new set of possibilities...' Character 1 says: '...like, once you have continuous electric current, pretty soon someone will invent the telegraph, AC circuits, radio...' Character 2 says: '...but after 250 years of innovation, perhaps the supply of new things to invent is drying up? Well, if that's true, would that be so terrible?' Character 1 says: 'It would completely contradict a lot of our most basic assumptions about the future.' Character 2 says: 'If technological progress is bottoming out, I'm just glad it's happening after the invention of the Internet. I love you, Internet!'

Rapid technological change

A comic with two characters: a girl wearing a pink shirt, and a boy wearing a grey shirt. Character 1 says: 'So, we've just had roughly 250 years of uninterrupted rapid technological change.' Character 2 says: 'Sure, since the Industrial Revolution. Steam engines, internal combustion engines, electrical grids, radio, computers...' Character 1 says: 'But if you look at human history on a larger scale, rapid progress is unusual - most of the time technological change is very slow.' Character 2 says: 'With occasional spurts - like when someone invents iron smelting and suddenly buildings are taller because the iron supports can hold more weight.' Character 1 says: 'Well, we tend to think rapid technological progress will go on forever, but what if industrialisation was just another spurt?' Character 2 says: 'So... industrialisation opened up a whole new set of possibilities...' Character 1 says: '...like, once you have continuous electric current, pretty soon someone will invent the telegraph, AC circuits, radio...' Character 2 says: '...but after 250 years of innovation, perhaps the supply of new things to invent is drying up? Well, if that's true, would that be so terrible?' Character 1 says: 'It would completely contradict a lot of our most basic assumptions about the future.' Character 2 says: 'If technological progress is bottoming out, I'm just glad it's happening after the invention of the Internet. I love you, Internet!'

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