Staggering Promise of Exponential Technologies in a Succinct 5-Minute Video

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Have you ever wanted to explain exponential technology to someone—but didn’t know where to start? We’ve got a video for you. Watch Peter Diamandis and DrawShop discuss six key technologies at the heart of today’s exponential boom.

A few highlights? In 25 years, computers will be microscopic, nearly infinite in supply, and basically free. Artificial intelligence, more like Iron Man’s J.A.R.V.I.S. than IBM’s Watson, will gather “incomprehensible amounts of data from the internet to make accurate split-second decisions.” Synthetic biology will program DNA to produce tailor-made foods, fuels, and vaccines.

This is, true to form, an unabashedly optimistic and exceptionally broad forecast. But better to begin by dreaming the possible than to linger overlong debating the “impossible.” In any case, Diamandis thinks the next quarter century promises to be a wild ride. Hard to disagree with that. Be sure to check it out and decide for yourself.

Jason Dorrier

Jason is managing editor of Singularity Hub. He cut his teeth doing research and writing about finance and economics before moving on to science, technology, and the future. He is curious about pretty much everything, and sad he'll only ever know a tiny fraction of it all.

Discussion — 2 Responses

  • Matthew Q June 10, 2014 on 10:52 am

    As I look around, I see the answers for problems. I believe the future tech is going to be overlooked, due to the “The Uneducated Ladder”, and Entrenchment of uninspired in that regard. New Tech could be everywhere. I Look at something, and I reconise it’s traits for good and bad. I Redesign on the fly in mind, with the mindset of What IF? For 23 years every time I ask WHY at a job, disaster ensues from Response of “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ and that wet monkey joke. My favorite is work to keep working. Don’t you like working they say? Do it 2 times for 3 times the cost. Look at any city construction crew and instant understanding. They don’t know why they don’t climb the ladder. They don’t care ether, They got paid and can post it on Borgbook. But we the people that demand change, CREATE change. From the uneducated to the doctor, the richest to the poorest. All that matters is we Question questionable Standing Orders. All resistance we push though. But where does one Prove irrational thought? At the State Hospital with lobotomy. The establishment or the teachers won’t profit then thy disprove you without just. Sometime’s its out of fear of losing their job. Or a challenge to their opinion. Can you imagine if Tesla and Edison both were highly rewarded and spent time on patents and not electrocuting elephants. AC DC power 100 years ago both branches could have..

  • Nolux June 11, 2014 on 4:40 am

    I think i understand you. I do see a light at the end of the tunnel though. I had an interesting conversation with a laborer at the steel plant where we are installing new equipment. We were talking about our young kids and what they might do for a living when they grow up and he shock the hell out of me when he suggested that they should get into synthetic biology or machine learning. He figures labor work will be strictly for robots in 30 years. I thought that was quite telling, maybe people are catching on – slowly. Keep in mind that geologically speaking we are still just a blip on the radar and in that small amount of time we’ve seen vast galaxies.