…folks often pay thousands to hear his vision of the future. Unless you’re Bill Gates. Then, you invite Ray over for some of Melinda’s meatloaf to learn what Microsoft should do to profit from the future.
Who’s Ray Kurzweil? You’ve benefited from at least one of his inventions whether you realize it or not. Here’s a short bio of this technical prodigy.
His most interesting prediction is how technology‘s geometrical advances will bring about “The Singularity”….the melding of flesh and machine through nanotechnology. It’s not just a fanciful Star Trek notion! In one of the links below, he discusses how robotic red cells are already being developed. These robotic red blood cells will make anyone be able to run in a manner surpassing any Olympic champion.
I don‘t believe in dialectical materialism per se, but I do believe that political (and many other) societal forms develop based around technology. Just look at how the Internet has changed politics and social interaction in general.
I believe that eventually technology will free us from government as we know it. Democracy has existed for less than 300 years, so it is still a political infant. Anarchy is the next and final form of social “organization” but it requires an extremely high level of technology which I believe The Singularity will bring about. As The Singularity evolves, government will wither away.
Will I need the police if I can project a force field around me? If everyone has some form of ID embedded in them which is recorded by nanotechnology in our body and which uses GPS to identify the current location of everyone we ever came in close contact with, including the dates and times we came in contact with them?
Impossible? What do you think the average person alive when that plane flew at Kitty Hawk would have said if someone predicted that a man would land on the moon within 70 years? Technology’s acceleration over the next 70 years will make the period between 1903 and 1969 look like a snail’s pace.
Still skeptical? RFID technology is a baby step of this future and already exists. Your favorite store can place a small RFID in an item that you buy and associate it with your credit card at checkout. A week later, you walk into the same store and the RFID transmits your presence to the store’s computer. Since that RFID is on a 100% cotton, button down shirt, a speaker near you advises: “Welcome back Mr. Jones, 100% cotton, button down shirts are on sale today.” Is that very cool, or is that very scary? (New U.S. passports incorporate RFIDs.)
That’s why I’m not very excited or concerned about the Presidential election. Who’s President will not change what is happening in technology. That’s where the future is! Government’s future is with the dinosaurs…
Remember…The Singularity is inevitable – resistance is futile!
Learn more at the links below:
(Next Sunday: My first “close encounter of the third kind” with the color line and how it made a difference.)