McKinsey Quarterly January 2011 – IT growth and global change: A conversation with Ray Kurzweil
“The merger [between biological and machine intelligence] has already started.” so says Ray Kurzweil talking about IT growth and global change. Exponential, not linear change is the order of the day.
In other words medical, biological, information and genetic systems technologies aren’t developing at a steady “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 25 steps later, you’re at 30” trajectory of development. Instead it’s 2, 4, 8, 16 etc ‘til at 30 steps you’re at a billion!
Imagine what that means for machine-man interfaces, clean energy technologies, medical and genetic sciences.
Or even the use and impact of web-based social networks, as witnessed in North Africa and the Middle East this month.