If you add up all of the innovations made from the late 1800s up to 1970, there’s been no comparable stretch of economic growth, before or since, says economist Robert Gordon. According to his new book, “The Rise and Fall of American Growth,” slower progress is just the new normal. But in our current computer age, not everyone buys that idea. Video PBS NewsHour
Every year since 1971 the world’s elite have gathered in Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting. What started as a small conference about management has ballooned into a famously exclusive gathering of business people, academics, and government officials.
The stated goals of the non-profit World Economic Forum are noble: the conference is organized around the principle that business leaders should work with leaders of government to address the world’s problems.
Wednesday on the NewsHour, a confrontation between law enforcement and an anti-government militia in Oregon ends with arrests and one death. Also: Donald Trump opts out of the next debate, Kenya’s war against poachers, Google develops the latest in A.I. technology, a freed reporter works to reclaim his life, D.C. plans a WWI memorial and one student stands out as the only female welder. Video PBS NewsHour