On the Decline in Research Productivity

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We live in interesting times. Technology continues to advance at breakneck speed and the fourth industrial revolution is upon us. What were once concepts relegated to science fiction have become integral to our everyday lives. Our smart phones allow us to connect with virtually anybody in the World in real time, and I’d bet that most of us are completely unaware of the extent that artificial intelligence and machine learning pervades the interactions we have with our phones (you can read more here).

One might assume that this advancement may in part be attributed to the compounding effect that newer technologies have in raising our productivity levels. That would seem to make sense; with access to the World’s body of knowledge at our fingertips and virtual collaboration ever easier, surely the large strides that we are making are being facilitated by the improvements made in the past which compound our future output?
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