Two sentences from the Accelerating.org
review of "A possible declining trend for worldwide innovation
", by Heubner - reviewed by Ray KurZweil - that caught my attention:
"... as technological progress increasingly satisfies current human needs, individuals become less concerned with technological development and turn more toward personal growth, unique experiences and other activities which, wjile equally creative on an individual level, are less obvious examples of innovation in a technological sense."
"The more industrialization we experience, the more we become ready to take a long-deserved break from generations of toiling, including much of the traditional work of innovation, and the more we become willing to let our machines take over the task of supplying our very finite human needs."