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We are headed towards a decoupling with China, and it appears that America is having a Red Scare in the way the State department views universities and Chinese investment in American institutions. While Great Power competition and military investments have made some great inventions possible and the rivalry could therefore spark new innovation, the loss of cooperation between American and Chinese researchers will certainly be felt. Do you think this development is a net benefit or a net loss for humanity?

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It seems that most innovation these days is concentrated in information technology, whereas in eras that are commonly thought of as more innovative, inventions seemed to come up in more visible areas, such as machinery or transportation.

Thinkers like Ross Douthat seem to think that this is a sign of decadence, that as a society we have decided to focus more on entertainment than on other goals. Do you agree with the sentiment that the innovation in say the Last 20 years can be seen as lacking or slower than usual?