With the keynote of Ray Kurzwell fresh in our mind: what do you think?
Personally I’ve heard the story about singularity, exponential growth, development in gene technology, it etc. before. Mainly by Yuri van Geest, a Singularity University alumni of which Ray Kurzweil is one of the founders. Yuri presents this case with much more excitement. But Ray’s point, of peoples brain not being able to grasp the implication of exponential growth is proven by the conference organizers (there are not alone in this) not being able to predict the required wifi capacity.
Getting back to the meaning of his story. It wasn’t about education. But it does forces us to look at the future. This raises questions with me like; what does this mean for what I’m working on today? What are the trends we’re dealing with and what does this mean for my business in 1, 3, 5 years from now? For the online education platform I’m working on this means not just looking at possibilities and cost we’re dealing with today. But design the business future ready by considering. E.g. what does my business look like if the cost of live data streaming approaches zero? What will it mean if social networking is even more embedded in the way we work and learn? What doe we require from people when everybody has ‘Google brains‘?
So please comment: what trends do you see for your business and what are it’s near and far future implications?
Check this video about exponential growth: