What is the “Technological Singularity”?

Description

Faster computers affect ALL areas of technology: The faster the computers we have, the faster we can design new products (cars, toasters… even better computers), the faster we can answer our biotech questions, the faster we can model and “change climate change”, the faster we can search for extra-terrestrials, the faster we can make new music, the faster… WELL EVERYTHING!

Computers are doubling in performance every 18-24 months and this trend isn’t projected to end anytime soon. Plotted on a graph, this doubling is an “exponential curve”; unfortunately, human beings aren’t well adapted to seeing the implications of this type of accelerating change. E.g., did you know that we are projected to achieve human-brain-level computing (approximately 10 Peta-FLOPS) for less than $1000 by 2023 – and – we are projected to achieve computers whose raw computing power is EQUAL TO ALL HUMAN BRAINS ON THE PLANET in the 2040’s.

WHAT WILL THIS MEAN? What if your iPhone had the same raw “brain power” you did? What will it mean to have a computer smart enough to be able to read, understand and synthesize absolutely everything ever written by man? What if the computer could do that task IN JUST ONE SINGLE DAY? Welcome to what futurists have termed “The Singularity”: It is a time our technological progress occurs so rapidly, it’s impossible to imagine – let alone predict – the outcomes.

This talk will define what the “Technological Singularity” is, will present the evidence of why it is happening and will (positively) excite the audience about its implications.

Chris Fulmer

Biography

Chris Fulmer is a computer and electrical engineer, free-thinker and life-long student. He has travelled the world extensively, managing teams to design and implement new computer-chip manufacturing processes. His other interest areas include psychology, cosmology, poker and the nature of unconditional happiness.