The award for most depressing long read anywhere on the internet this week goes to a remarkably dispiriting but terrific piece about the end of technological progress. Competition for this award was stiff, with a large number of entries and long reads published in various publications on topics including recession, the great depression, inflation, stagnation, ecological disaster, insufficient football for young women in British schools, the television personality Sandi Toksvig getting annoyed with the Archbishop of Canterbury over the views of African Anglicans on same sex marriage, historic excess money supply growth, the imminent lack of money, and the absence of rain south of Birmingham.