Indoor Plumbing or Internet


Which would you choose?

Are we going to innovate our way out of stagnation? The TED conference (Technology, Entertainment, Design) kicks off a rollicking debate.

Speakers had numerous topics including a History lesson of productivity, technological progress, standards of living, GDP and economy, and even robots. It ended with a show of hands. Would you rather have indoor plumbing or the Internet? The vote was 60 to 40 percent in favor of indoor plumbing. Then the question was asked, “Is the story of our future one of slowing or accelerating progress?” The overwhelming answer was accelerating progress.