Episode 26: We *are* peak culture

June 27, 2021 Chris Season 1 Episode 26
Episode 26: We *are* peak culture
Show Notes

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This week we talk about total factor productivity growth, and whether higher wages (through worker power, alternatives like UBI or minimum wage laws) cause greater innovation. Chris forgets that the Dutch had colonies despite his Oma (grandmother) growing up in one, and we discuss peak culture, and whether the Affix Podcast actually *is* peak culture and it's all downhill from here.

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Big list of coffee bets - now also on Melange app.

9 is unlucky in Japan, not China -  in Japan specifically, the number 9 is a bad-luck number that sounds like “suffering” when spoken aloud

Our main article by Noah Smith on total factor productivity growth.

Hotels are investing in robot vacuum cleaners.

Labour cost differences during the industrial revolution.

The superstar effect vs unions.

Brian's topic this week is "This is what peak culture looks like"

The Three Body Problem - an amazingly imaginative science fiction trilogy.

Why didn't we invent the bicycle a hundred years earlier?