It's been almost 3 years since I first saw this, but I was thinking about it again.
Note that the above graphs are per capita. What do you believe to be the case of this data?
I have my own theories. But I'll hold off on expressing them for a while.
Entering a dark age of innovation - opinion - 02 July 2005 - New Scientist
So who is right? The high-tech gurus who predict exponentially increasing change up to and through a blinding event horizon? Huebner, who foresees a looming collision with technology's limits? Or Modis, who expects a long, slow decline?