The assumption that technological change drives everything is false, and a slowing of technological acceleration can be a moment to consider the deeper dynamics of social evolution: e.g. the rise of the modern itself. Note that industrial technology came close to the end of this period (with, to be sure, a long lead up) at the end of what we call the modern transition. Current science is developing all sorts of technical breakthroughs but can’t even debrief an absurdly flawed theory of darwinian evolution by natural selection. And it can’t figure out why neo-classical economics is close to being a fake: science can’t easily if at all handle complex social dynamics. Isolating ‘economy’ and using mathematics developed to handle basic physics shows the disconnect between technology and deep understanding. The early modern dealt with the large intangibles: religious reformation, foundational science, foundational ideologies of freedom leading to liberalism and revolution, multiple breakthroughs in all fields
http://history-and-evolution.com/whee4th/chap6_1_1.htm: A staggering set of innovations cluster in the period of the early modern. But now we see only technological change as relevant.