Before the middle of this century, the growth rates of our technology— which will be indistinguishable from ourselves— will be so steep as to appear essentially vertical. From a strictly mathematical perspective, the growth rates will still be finite but so extreme that the changes they bring about will appear to rupture the fabric of human history. That, at least, will be the perspective of unenhanced biological humanity.
Kurzweil, Ray. The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology, September 26, 2006
Massive debt is sealing the fate of governments and central banks. As the cards collapse, radical developments in diverse areas of technology, combined with free market entrepreneurship, will destroy and rebuild the existing social order.
Smith, George Ford. The Fall of Tyranny, the Rise of Liberty, January 21, 2017
My purpose in "Living with the Exponential" series is to get our thinking oriented to the supercharged future that awaits us. One sample of this future has already arrived when it was reported a month ago that AlphaGo Zero defeated AlphaGo in the game of Go, 100 games to none. A few months earlier AlphaGo had topped the best human player. Unlike AlphaGo, AlphaGo Zero taught itself to play Go.
In 2011, IBM's Watson computer defeated the two best Jeopardy! players. Watson has since gone to medical school to assist doctors in their diagnoses.
Chess programs that run on desktop computers or even smartphonesroutinely beat human grandmasters.
The tech industry has spawned billionaires by selling to the masses. Tech titans aim to eliminate disease itself, including aging.
The world is changing fast, and it will change much faster in the years ahead. Let's try to stay on top of it.