Last week while attending the “Emerging Technology & Advertising” event, Ray Kurzwell spoke about ” How to Manage Innovation in an Era of Accelerating Technologies”. If you ever get the chance to hear Ray speak, I strongly encourage that you do.
Since I can remember I believed that the world was becoming a better place. I clearly recall being very young and sitting around the dinner table with my parents and their friends while they tried to convince me that back in the day things were better. I was a feisty kid and clearly remember telling them why the world was better now and that the future would be even better… woman have rights, racism has drastically diminished and although it may appear as though violence has increased, that is only because technology has better allowed news to be spread. People forget about past disease epidemics, shorter life expectancy, great famine, crippling wars…. shall I go on. During Ray Kurzwell’s talk I was excited and pleased to hear him agree with my thoughts on this. According to Ray (he’s pretty darn smart so I believe him) – in 15 years we’ll be adding more than a year to our remaining life expectancy for each year that follows.
Ray discussed the difference in Linear & Exponential growth. We think in a linear way and we have a hard time believing what people say about the future because the future is based on exponential growth. His belief is that in 20 years we’ll all have computers in our blood streams. Currently our smart phones are now an extension of our brains so it’s not much different except that the computer will be right inside of us. Our minds currently process a million times slower than electronics so imagine what having a computer in our body will be like.
I’m personally excited for a time when search engines listen to all my conversations, know what I’m reading and writing and serve me up information based on my interests, my mood and my desires. I’m not afraid of the future, I’m excited and can’t wait to see how the world evolves in the next 20-50 years.
Take look at our photos from the ETA event here: TBS Facebook