Mr. Kurzweil is one of the world’s leading inventors, thinkers, and futurists, with a thirty-year track record of accurate predictions. Called “the restless genius” by The Wall Street Journal and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes magazine, Kurzweil was selected as one of the top entrepreneurs by Inc. magazine, which described him as the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison.”
In his keynote, Mr. Kurzweil explained how, by the early 21st century, intelligence will underlie everything of value. He spoke of a future in which accelerating technologies will forever blur the line between human and machine. He laid out a provocative thesis in which nanobots will travel through the blood stream and enter our brains non-invasively, enabling us to put our neocortexes on the cloud. We will thereby become a hybrid of biological and non-biological thinking.
Mr. Kurzweil shared a number of additional ideas, including the following:
- Technology is, and has always been, on an exponential progression. By contrast, our human intuition about the future is linear, not exponential.
- With computing, you can expect speeds to continually go up and costs to continually go down. In technology, quality and price move inversely over time. For example, today’s smart phones are twice as good and half the cost of 2012 phones
- You CAN accurately predict WHAT will get done, but not WHO will do it. But the one thing you can always count on is the human passion for progress.
- In the last 1,000 years, human progress has allowed us to quadruple life-expectancy.
- Although, 3D printing is currently in the Hype phase, by 2020 we will print clothing. However, just as email didn’t eliminate shipping, 3D printing won’t eliminate the fashion industry.
Overall, it was a stunning view into a not so distant future. For deeper insight into these perspectives, I encourage you to pick up a copy of his most recent book, How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed.