November 29th, 2014
10:51 PM ET

Are we really living in innovative times?

Fareed speaks with Peter Thiel, a founder of PayPal, an early investor in Facebook, and author of Zero to One, about whether we are overestimating the level of innovation. Watch the full interview on a GPS special on innovation in America, this Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN.

You've been writing for a while that you actually think we may not be living in as innovative times as everybody thinks we are.

Well, it's a two track story on innovation in the last three or four decades, where we've had enormous innovation in the world of computers, Internet, mobile Internet, the world of bits. We've had much less innovation in the world of atoms and energy and food technology, biotech, medicine, space travel, supersonic airplanes...

Right. Or even just airplanes. I mean if you think about it, it takes about the same amount of time to fly from Point A to Point B on the globe as it did five decades ago.

Yes, or probably even slower with the low tech airport security systems we have in place today. And so technology, the idea of technology, has been narrowed. And in many cases today, the word technology means simply information technology. And I do think it would be good for our world if we broadened this again and saw accelerating technological progress across all these frontiers.

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  1. Hombre

    I shuve my banana up chrissy holes both front and back

    November 30, 2014 at 5:50 pm |
  2. Hombre

    I fokk chrissy p hussie dry

    November 30, 2014 at 5:51 pm |
  3. Wise Guy

    I p huck both chicitas chrissy and linda. Their p hoosy smell like tuna fish. Fokky that

    November 30, 2014 at 5:53 pm |
  4. chri§§y

    Lol your banana? Dont you mean your marshmallow? Either way both are pretty ineffective! Lmfao.

    November 30, 2014 at 6:23 pm |
  5. 9 yr old boy

    100 years ago scientists told us that in the future, advancements in technology would lead to bread costing 5 cents per loaf. Not too many decades ago, NASA scientists lied to us and said the "Space Shuttle" program would make it cheap for us to put cargo in outer space.
    We have XBOX and Play Station is what we have. And children identified nit by how big their bodies are, but by how big their hand held devices are. And old ladies able to fake being interested in the news.

    November 30, 2014 at 6:33 pm |
    • The Old Guy Is Here Above Me

      Lookee! The drunk old fart is back talking about sh!t that never happened! Woohoo! It's time for make-believe!

      November 30, 2014 at 6:51 pm |
      • Old lady hag above me

        Look. The old married woman is here as her hubby is glued to the balls game. Eyeballing cheerleaders while she hopes for cyber love sessions.

        November 30, 2014 at 7:16 pm |
      • The Old Guy Is Here Above Me

        I went to Tommorowland back in '55 and DEY LIED! Dey LIED I tell you LIED! Now where's my paper whippersnapper?!? Glug glug buyuuuuurrrrrppppp

        November 30, 2014 at 7:43 pm |
  6. US slaves

    The cotton gin only led to more expensive trousers and higher unemployment rates.

    November 30, 2014 at 7:13 pm |
  7. ONombre

    I shoved a banasy up an Chri$$y once. Yup. It got ugly(er).

    November 30, 2014 at 7:31 pm |
  8. Pay ME, pal

    Pay pal is nothing you moron.

    November 30, 2014 at 7:32 pm |
  9. Brick Coin

    Now that the founder of Bitcoin is dead, Brick Coin is all the rage.

    November 30, 2014 at 7:34 pm |
  10. Advanced Tech

    Now that women have washing machines they have time to watch TV soaps and go online trolling for men.

    November 30, 2014 at 7:36 pm |
  11. The Old Drunk Guy sez

    "Back in MY day there were 9 planets! And we LIKED it!"

    November 30, 2014 at 8:14 pm |
  12. The Old Drunk Guy sez

    "Back in MY day, '60 Minutes' wasn't a bunch of 80 year old grey haired liberals!"

    November 30, 2014 at 8:20 pm |
    • Old hag above

      That's right. Dan Rather wore a toupe' for Harry Reasoner. But you are an old hag.

      November 30, 2014 at 9:39 pm |
  13. chri§§y

    Lmao @ the old guy is here above rock!

    November 30, 2014 at 9:12 pm |
  14. Old hag above

    Giz a ratz jazz bout yous

    November 30, 2014 at 9:34 pm |
  15. Old hag above

    Bunch of fat lazy f"K's.

    November 30, 2014 at 9:35 pm |
  16. Old hag above

    You are totally gay.

    November 30, 2014 at 9:41 pm |
  17. Old hag above

    Women have washing machines now? Really? Lmao That says a LOTyou know. About women and washing things.

    November 30, 2014 at 9:45 pm |
  18. Big Willie

    Hey fellas. What if we give them washing machines and access to the sitting US president's dick.

    November 30, 2014 at 9:51 pm |
  19. Big Willie

    Back in my day we shunned old hags. And humped on fat interns.

    November 30, 2014 at 9:53 pm |
  20. Blue Saffron☼


    Ler's go visit Hinduworld. We will defecate on sidewalks. We will p iss on roads. We will eat what we secrete.

    Raype galore. E Coli everywhere. Cannibalism rampant.
    BO capital of the world. A hindu wonderland.

    Incredible India !!!

    November 30, 2014 at 10:15 pm |
  21. Thomas

    GOP innovation ?
    “Dear Sasha and Malia, I get your both in those awful teen years but you're a part of the First Family, try showing a little class. At least respect the part you play. Then again, your mother and father don't respect their positions very much, or the nation for that matter, so I'm guessing you're coming up a little short in the 'good role model' department. Nevertheless, stretch yourself. Rise to the occasion. Act like being in the White House matters to you. Dress like you deserve respect, not a spot in a bar. And certainly don’t make faces during televised, White House events.”

    November 30, 2014 at 11:17 pm |
  22. Thomas

    Those awful teen years , that says it all about the understanding of conservative objectification .

    Wow , do all republicans think so closed-minded about teens ?

    November 30, 2014 at 11:23 pm |
  23. chri§§y

    Lmao @ Thomas the better question would be "do republicans THINK?" Lol

    November 30, 2014 at 11:34 pm |
  24. Blue Saffron☼

    Meanwhile down by the mango trees in India, hindus continue to defecate out in the open, get raiped and hung by the branches of the sweet fruit. Call it innovation, Fareed.

    December 1, 2014 at 6:22 am |
    • Richard J

      Yup Fareed probably hung around them trees growing up in India. What say you, ma man Fareed?

      December 1, 2014 at 9:00 am |
  25. Guss

    How about cooking with nitrogen? That is a modern day invention. @Blue Saffron gotta grow some more mango trees all over. After all these indians gave us kama sutra too.

    December 1, 2014 at 6:33 am |
  26. Cristobal

    Headed back to work after a great holiday break. Indeed, molecular gastronomy has come of age. Not for curry though much to Fareed's chagrin.

    No more skiing, crabs or safaris for me for a while @Blue Saffron. LOL

    December 1, 2014 at 6:45 am |
  27. banasy©

    Wonder if they have vaccination against raypes in India. My 90 year old brahmin grandma will be traveling there to select her wood for sati (grandpa died so she has to throw herself into the fire) but we don't want her rayped prior. No mango wood please!

    December 1, 2014 at 6:50 am |
  28. Blue Saffron☼

    Seriously, we are an innovative nation. Repairing rusted bridges amidst tons of traffic is a modern day miracle. 1 million hours worked.....No Deaths!!! No small feat.

    December 1, 2014 at 7:00 am |
    • Richard J

      How many safe hours we had fighting them wars? Forget the money part. LOL

      December 1, 2014 at 9:01 am |
  29. Lieutenant Rupert, United States Navy®

    Ok men and ladies. At ease. Cease fighting at once!

    December 1, 2014 at 7:50 am |
  30. Blue Saffron☼

    Let's get real. The last time real innovation happened was when sliced bread came about. Since then all we have seen is a ham sandwich. Oh and Clinton's cigar in the Oval Office.

    December 1, 2014 at 8:29 am |
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