"You can think of this as the most basic test of an economy’s health: does it produce ever-rising living standards for its citizens?"
And what would the logical end result of this ever-rising living standard program be?
The title of this post suggests the likely outcome. If this were the goal, then I think we can skip a lot of unproductive energy and material waste and get right to the development of the orgasm machine. What's that, you say? An orgasm machine has been invented already? What have we been doing the last 30 years then? Have we been in a horrible nightmare? Why would we be messing around with home remodels and new cars when we could have been having orgasms?
I see. A terrifying plot by the capitalists.
Well, now that the awful truth has been uncovered, a new hope can emerge. Chop chop people! Man your stations and full speed ahead! Orgasms all day long, coming up!