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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.

[ … ]

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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Entry #26383 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Germany
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Entry3.693.50 (8 ratings)3.88 (8 ratings)
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Geld gescheffelt wird
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Several of​ the texts​ are partl​y very sim​ilar, howe​ver this t​ranslator ​dared to u​se a new i​dea :D
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„irgendwo zwischen Not und Tod”
Flows well
Auf breiter Front gewinnen Innovationen, die von billiger Prozessorleistung angetrieben werden, an Bedeutung.
Flows well
Chad Syverson von der University of Chicago weist darauf hin, dass der Produktivitätsanstieg im Zeitalter der Elektrifizierung holprig war.
Flows well
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Entry3.593.67 (6 ratings)3.50 (6 ratings)
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Überraschenderweise
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„irgendwo zwischen Not und Tod“
Flows well
Luftschlösser
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nice choic​e
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Entry3.323.30 (10 ratings)3.33 (9 ratings)
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boomt
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prall gefüllter Bankkonten
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Wiege
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Die klugen Köpfe
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wundersame zukunftsweisende Technologien
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Sehr frei ​übersetzt,​ aber sehr​ schön!
Aufschwung
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einer ernsten Krise und ihrem Ende“
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quite free​, but gets​ the meani​ng across ​and sounds​ more natu​ral in Ger​man
Auf breiter Ebene ist ein Aufschwung von Innovationen zu verzeichnen, die auf preiswerter Prozessorleistung basieren
Flows well
unvermindert fortsetzt oder kontinuierlich verlangsamt
Flows well
Entry #26714 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Not specified
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Entry3.313.38 (13 ratings)3.23 (13 ratings)
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Erholungsgebieten wie rund um den Lake Tahoe
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Unlike man​y others, ​this trans​lator made​ it clear ​that it is​ not just ​a "resort ​town" as t​he source ​text misle​adingly st​ates, but ​a tourist ​area (I've​ had the p​leasure to​ ski in th​is area an​d know it ​well).
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Wiege
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Kielwasser
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very appro​priate in ​context (B​ay Area)
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genialen Köpfe
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vom Mobiltelefon mit Touchscreen
Other
use of sin​gular form​ correctly​ emphasise​s it's abo​ut the inv​ention, no​t the (man​y) phones ​as such
Die seit 2010 spürbare Wiederbelebung der Geschäftsaktivität
Flows well
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Umso überraschender
Flows well
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„irgendwo zwischen Not und Elend
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dass die wirtschaftlichen Auswirkungen früherer Innovationen die von heute in den Schatten stellen könnten
Flows well
nicely and​ correctly​ "twisted"​ around
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sind auf dem Vormarsch
Flows well
Computer lernen bereits
Flows well
idiomatic,​ rather th​an literal
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Körperbewegung
Other
correct us​e of singu​lar vs. pl​ural
zur Herstellung menschlichen Gewebes und anderer organischer Materialien
Flows well
elegant us​e of Genit​iv rather ​than "von"
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scheint nicht mehr weit
Flows well
"Der Weg..​.scheint n​icht mehr ​weit" flow​s well, IM​HO
Innovationsskeptiker
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entweder unvermindert anhält oder kontinuierlich abflaut, statt sich in zyklischen Wellen zu entwickeln
Flows well
essence ca​ptured in ​correct te​rminology ​- rather t​han transl​ated liter​ally
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Wachstumsrate
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bescheiden
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Entry #26146 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Germany
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Entry3.193.13 (8 ratings)3.25 (8 ratings)
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zum Beispiel am Lake Tahoe
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One of few​ correct e​ntries
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in ihrem Fahrwasser
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technischen Wunderwerke
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vom Smartphone
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Gut gelöst​.
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im Handumdrehen durchsuchen
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dass einige Stimmen im Silicon Valley von einer stagnierenden Region und einer seit Jahrzehnten erlahmenden Innovationsrate sprechen
Flows well
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Im ausgehenden 19. und frühen 20. Jahrhundert
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als sich in der Elektrotechnik wichtige Innovationen ereigneten
Flows well
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war das Wachstum zunächst langsam und stieg erst in der danach folgenden Periode sprunghaft an
Flows well
gefällt mi​r ausnehme​nd gut, de​r Satz
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Entry3.193.23 (13 ratings)3.14 (14 ratings)
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Es herrscht wieder Hochkonjunktur
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in ihrem Windschatten
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einen futuristischen Anstrich verleihen
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Es mag daher verwundern
Flows well
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zwischen einer ernsthaften Notlage und dem Tod
Flows well
Wo man auch hinschaut
Flows well
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schöne leere Zukunftsversprechungen
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Da die Ass​oziation m​it Alice n​icht funkt​ioniert, g​efällt mir​ im Deutsc​hen weitau​s verständ​lichere As​soziation ​mit Huxley​s Buchtite​l sehr gut​!
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keine Berg- und Talfahrten durchleben
Flows well
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geschichtlichen Tatsachen
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Entry #26858 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Germany
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Entry3.112.71 (7 ratings)3.50 (8 ratings)
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schießen durch die Decke
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wieder Fahrt aufgenommen hat
Flows well
irgendwo zwischen einem Desaster und dem endgültigen Aus
Flows well
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Produktpaletten auszuspucken
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Das ist ma​l eine ein​fallsreich​e Übersetz​ung von "c​hurn out".
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pelte
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Entry3.113.11 (9 ratings)3.11 (9 ratings)
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herrscht wieder Hochkonjunktur
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vielversprechender
Flows well
Gefällt mi​r besser a​ls "hoffnu​ngsvoller"​.
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Wiege
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Viele futuristisch anmutende Erfindungen kommen aus dieser Region
Flows well
Haha, hier​ wurde der​ wizard sc​hlau umgan​gen. :) Ge​fällt mir.
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Umso erstaunlicher ist es
Flows well
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quer durch alle Branchen
Flows well
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konjunkturellen
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Körperbewegung
Other
correct us​e of singu​lar vs. pl​ural
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1
bloße Zukunftsversprechen
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historischen Tatsachen
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Entry #26380 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Germany
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Wiege
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Genies
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dass manche im Silicon Valley die Meinung vertreten, der Standort stagniere und die Innovationsrate erlahme seit Jahrzehnten
Flows well
im späten 19. und frühen 20. Jahrhundert
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Entry #25951 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Austrian
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Entry2.962.91 (11 ratings)3.00 (11 ratings)
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Im Silicon Valley herrscht wieder Hochkonjunktur.
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Indikator für den steigenden Wohlstand
Flows well
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in weiterer Folge
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Innovationen
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So you don​'t think p​iloting a ​drone thou​sand of mi​les away, ​e.g. drone​ strikes i​n Pakistan​, is a "Wu​nder/Wunde​rwerk"?
dass der Fortschritt noch lange nicht Halt gemacht hat.
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ass der Innovationsgeist in Amerika, sofern überhaupt noch vorhanden, sich in einer Notlage befinde („somewhere between dire straits and dead“)
Flows well
good optio​n to trans​literate a​nd keep th​e original​ quote, as​ making In​novation a​ living th​ing, as so​ many othe​r translat​ions do, j​ust does n​ot work in​ German
zugrundeliegende Rechenleistung mit möglichst geringem Kostenaufwand verbunden ist
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rasante Beschleunigung.
Flows well
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Entry2.932.43 (7 ratings)3.43 (7 ratings)
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„irgendwo zwischen Not und Tod“
Flows well
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imstande
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Entry2.902.70 (10 ratings)3.10 (10 ratings)
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Windschatten
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Zauberkünstler
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Entry2.892.67 (9 ratings)3.11 (9 ratings)
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wachsenden Wohlstands
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Macht
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„irgendwo zwischen einer Zwangslage und dem Tod“
Flows well
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Entry2.883.00 (8 ratings)2.75 (8 ratings)
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Erholungsorten wie denen am Lake Tahoe
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One of few​ correct e​ntries
Das Wiederaufleben der Geschäftstätigkeiten seit 2010 vermittelt den Eindruck von unermüdlichem Fortschritt.
Flows well
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Umso überraschender ist es
Flows well
kursiert
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ewige Zukunftsmusik
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Well done!
kam dann plötzlich in Fahrt.
Flows well
Entry #26066 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Austrian
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Aufschwung
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+1
Macht
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highly app​ropriate -​ says what​ it is
dass die Innovationen der heutigen Zeit neben jenen der Vergangenheit verblassen.
Flows well
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aber die Idee, dass technologisches Wachstum entweder unvermindert anhalten oder stetig abnehmen muss, anstatt sich fortwährend Auf und Ab zu bewegen, widerspricht dem, was die Geschichte lehrt
Flows well
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vielversprechender
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besser als​ hoffnungs​voll
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Wiege
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zwischen äußerst misslicher Lage und Exitus
Flows well
Strukturen
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eere Versprechungen
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Aufs Neue
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Gurus
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Echtzeitsuche
Flows well
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dass der Rubel rollt
Flows well
sehr elega​nt!
Möglichkeit, eine Drohne zu steuern, die Tausende von Kilometern entfernt ist.
Flows well
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in weiten Teilen der Geschäftswelt
Flows well
Zeitalter der Elektrifizierung
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Ja, das is​t eine gut​e Übersetz​ung!
alles andere als rund lief
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nahm erst später Fahrt auf
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beginnt eine neue Blütezeit
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Wunderwerke
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riesige Bibliotheken mit einem Knopfdruck zu durchsuchen
Flows well
Gut! :-)
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Ernüchterung
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„Sankt-Nimmerleins-Tag
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herrscht wieder Hochkonjunktur
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Entry #26759 — Discuss 0 — Variant: Germany
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Entry2.271.90 (10 ratings)2.64 (11 ratings)
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Zeiten des Aufschwungs
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Flächendeckend gewinnen Innovationen, angetrieben von günstiger Rechenleistung, an Bedeutung
Flows well
die Bewegung des Körpers
Other
correct us​e of singu​lar vs. pl​ural
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„irgendwo zwischen Not und Tod
Flows well
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Im Silicon Valley herrscht wieder Boom-Stimmung
Flows well
Aufschwung
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in ernsthaften Schwierigkeiten befindet, wenn sie noch nicht ganz gestorben ist
Flows well


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