posted on Jan, 3 2013 @ 10:51 PM
Someone on a forum I frequent posted pictures of a shopping mall from 2006. I was quite shocked that even though 2006 was nearly a decade ago, the
pictures look as if they could have been taken in 2013!
Generally speaking it takes about seven years in my opinion for a certain time to seem noticeably 'dated', but that doesn't seem to apply anymore.
In terms of aesthetics and social change, and even technological change, 2006 was more like 2013 than it was like 1999, and 1999 was more like 2006
than it was like 1992. That is change has been slowing down since at least 1999.
On the other hand though, 1992 seems closer to 1985 than it does to 1999, at least in my opinion, and 1985 seems about as close to 1978 as it does to
1992. Change was still accelerating up to at least 1992.
And if you're going more long term, I'd say the world in 1980 much more resembled the world of 2013 than it resembled the world immediately after the
Second World War and I think this is because of the slowdown in change that wasn't technological starting in the 1990s and the slowdown in even
technological change starting around 5 years ago, the time the Great Recession started.
My conclusion is that at some point between 1992 and 1999, the exponential change in human civilization, technology and society began to slow down.
The only reason people still think change is exponential today is because it's still extremely fast compared to how slowly things changed over the
generations throughout the vast majority of history.
So I have to say, it humors me when people say times are still changing exponentially. I think that has to do with the fact the 1990s mentality has
never really gone away and people haven't caught up to the fact that we are actually reaching a period of equilibrium where the focus is going to move
away from increasing our population and information and move towards conserving our environment and culture and extending our life spans.
on 3-1-2013 by lampsalot because: (no reason given)
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