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21st translation contest: "The tides of tech" » English to Polish

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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.

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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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Entries (10 total; 7 finalists) Expand all entries

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Entry #26582 — Variant: Not specified
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  • 2 users entered 2 "like" tags
  • 1 user agreed with "likes" (1 total agree)
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Specjaliści z różnych dziedzin podzielają rozczarowanie sytuacją
Flows well
Ludzie kontrolują gry wideo ruchem ciała
Flows well
Entry #27076 — Variant: Not specified
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  • 6 users entered 12 "like" tags
  • 5 users agreed with "likes" (16 total agrees)
  • 2 users disagreed with "likes" (2 total disagrees)
Złote czasy wracają do Doliny Krzemowej
Flows well
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Szybujące w górę czynsze
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nieomylna oznaka rosnących fortun
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t kolebką branży półprzewodników
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-2
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Jej magicy dali nam do ręki wiele cudownych wynalazków
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Widoczne od 2010 roku odradzanie się aktywności biznesowej w tym miejscu może wskazywać, że postęp nabiera impetu.
Flows well
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między rozległym zawałem i zgonem
Good term selection
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Podobne rozczarowanie wyrażają też inżynierowie różnych specjalności
Flows well
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przełożenie dzisiejszej innowacyjności na korzyści
Flows well
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Innowacje wspierane przez tanią moc obliczeniową wszędzie nabierają rozpędu
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Druk trójwymiarowy
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Doświadczenie uczy jednak, że krzywa wzrostu opartego na technologii wcale nie musi być jednostajnie wznoszącą się lub opadającą linią prostą – z reguły ma kształt sinusoidy.
Flows well
Entry #26950 — Variant: Not specified
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  • 3 users entered 7 "like" tags
  • 3 users agreed with "likes" (8 total agrees)
  • 1 user disagreed with "likes" (2 total disagrees)
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dobra koniunktura
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wynalazków czyniących świat futurystycznym
Flows well
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przepastne zasoby biblioteczne
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napędza innowacje
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używając technologii
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nie znajduje potwierdzenia w danych historycznych
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dopiero później nabrał rozpędu.
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Entry #26909 — Variant: Standard-Poland
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  • 4 users entered 4 "like" tags
  • 3 users agreed with "likes" (4 total agrees)
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znów przeżywa rozkwit
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luksusowe posiadłości wakacyjne
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specom
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które nadały światu futurystyczny charakter
Flows well
flows well
Entry #26551 — Variant: Not specified
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  • 1 user entered 1 "like" tag
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Dzięki drukowi trójwymiarowemu można masowo produkować szeroką gamę coraz bardziej złożonych przedmiotów
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Entry #25790 — Variant: Standard-Poland
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  • 4 users entered 5 "like" tags
  • 6 users agreed with "likes" (7 total agrees)
  • 1 user disagreed with "likes" (1 total disagree)
Kolejny boom w Dolinie Krzemowej trwa w najlepsze
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są ponownie przystrojone insygniami małych startupów z wielkimi marzeniami
Flows well
kolebka przemysłu
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+1
Mogą więc zaskoczyć doniesienia z Doliny Krzemowej sugerujące wyczuwalną stagnację
Flows well
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Technosceptyk
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Entry #26390 — Variant: Not specified
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  • 1 user entered 1 "like" tag
  • 1 user agreed with "likes" (1 total agree)
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Magicy świata komputerów
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