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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 (41 total; 7 finalists) Expand all entries

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Entry #25828 — Variant: Standard-France
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  • 3 users entered 5 "like" tags
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Les logos de startups prometteuses fleurissent à nouveau
Flows well
montent en flèche,
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stations balnéaires
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La région de la baie de San Francisco
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dans les plus grandes
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Entry #26359 — Variant: Standard-France
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La Silicon Valley a renoué avec la croissance.
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La Silicon Valley a renoué avec la croissance
Flows well
good term ​selection.​ bonne ent​rée en mat​ière
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arborent
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banques de données
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que le progrès est en marche.
Flows well
Entry #26939 — Variant: Standard-France
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  • 5 users entered 8 "like" tags
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La Silicon Valley est de nouveau en plein boom.
Flows well
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start-up prometteuses.
Flows well
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destinations touristiques
Flows well
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le berceau de l’industrie des semi-conducteurs
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Le regain d’activité
Flows well
s'essouffle
Flows well
de l’université de Chicago
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la croissance de la productivité ne s'est pas faite sans heurts pendant l'ère de l’électrification.
Flows well
Entry #26549 — Variant: Not specified
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parcs de bureaux
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prometteuses
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berceau de l’industrie des semi-conducteurs
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fait remarquer que
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Entry #25808 — Variant: Standard-France
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  • 4 users entered 6 "like" tags
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beaux
Flows well
bonne opti​on
dans
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"dans" : j​e ne vois ​pas d'autr​e option !​ bon choix​.
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fleurir
Flows well
grimpent en flèche
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le berceau de l'industrie des semi-conducteurs
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par une puissance de traitement à faible coût
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Entry #26323 — Variant: Not specified
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parcs de bureaux
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+1
prometteuses
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La région de la baie de San Francisco
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le berceau de l'industrie des semi-conducteurs
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Entry #26813 — Variant: Standard-France
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  • 2 users entered 5 "like" tags
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arborent
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prometteuses
Flows well
La région de la baie de San Francisco
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le berceau de l'industrie des semi-conducteurs
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-1
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université
Other
c'est bien​ d'avoir m​is une min​uscule


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