Ray Kurzweil: "Thirty exponential steps"

'With 30 linear steps, you get to 30,' [Ray Kurzweil] often says in speeches. 'With 30 steps exponentially, you get to one billion. The price-performance of computers has improved one billion times since I was a student. In 25 years, a computer as powerful as today’s smartphones will be the size of a blood cell.'

Ray Kurzweil, who spoke at the IdeaFestival in 2006, believes that "thirty exponential steps" will lead to a better future. Among the many questions raised by "Merely Human, That's So Yesterday:" for whom?


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