This is an interesting view, those who have commented about it, including Tyler Cowen, don't hold much hope as they think it was easier to convert illiterate farm workers to industrial workers with a little education than it will be to get from mostly high school educated to computing wonks.
I hold more hope. The great-great-grandsons and daughters of the same illiterate farm workers are today's office workers. And they operate 3000 lbs. motor vehicles on the road with each of us everyday with surprisingly little carnage. They are capable. They might now be rich enough to demand so much leisure that they won't invest the time and effort to learn, but they are capable.
The belief that two public investments led to the health and welfare evident in the western world is an interesting idea that merits more investigation for veracity and thought about the parallel or key investments that would need to be made today.
Accurate Reality remains skeptical of most claims of government benefit, disappointed in government execution and waste, and suspect of politicians.
Accurate Reality: We may be creating societal upheaval through innovation while we are creating wealth. If we are, we will need to deal with it. If there are public investments that can help, they must be considered.