Prices have increased which means that production (advancement) has trailed currency introductions. Therefore, we aren't improving things or getting more prosperous, regardless of how much technology we are incorporating into our lives.
It doesn't matter if Google can tell me the last time it rained for 12 hours straight. If we are working longer hours for the things we need and want, we aren't ahead of the game.
If beef (food) has increased by 30% over the past 4 years (it has as you can see in the grocery stores), no amount of Google technology is going to make that better.