I was just thinking, in the past 50 years, there have been almost no revolutions in how we in the "west" do things as a civilization. We still use low velocity machines to move us from place to place by and large. We have a finite capacity to generate energy and that is reaching its maximal usage. Really the only things that have happened to us that have revolutionized the world have been cultural mainly, that being the internet. We might be learning more and more data, but data does not convert to revolutions in technology that allow for the progression of civilization and culture. To progress in civilization and culture, we need to be able to generate massive amounts of energy, become exponentially more efficient than we are at harnessing and using that energy, and we need to be able to move ourselves around at greater velocities so that more can get done. Think about it. All the cultural and civilization progression that has taken place has been at times when generating greater amounts of energy has become possible or a new, more efficient way to travel great distances have arisen. All the cultural and civil regressions that have happened have come at times when energy production and locomotion have remained stagnant for too long. I think that the west is in trouble, and I think that in the future, unless the world moves forward, we will all be in trouble.