Economics / History

It’s Not All Roses… (Or is it Something Else?)

My previous post focused on a theory that military necessity has been the driving force in the development of remarkable technologies that powered Robert J Gordon’s three phases of the industrial revolution: IR #1 (steam, railroads) from 1750 to 1830; IR #2 (electricity, internal combustion engine, running water, indoor toilets, communications, entertainment, chemicals, petroleum) from … Continue reading

Economics / History

The History of Weaponization

Much hay has been made out of the recent writings of Robert J Gordon.  Some of the more fascinating thoughts concern futurism, resolving around biomechanical engineering (cyborg technology) from Noah Smith, artificial intelligence from Kevin Drum, to a full-on dystopian vision of the future courtesy of Paul Krugman.  Others, like Dean Baker and Matt Yglesias question … Continue reading