Learning Technologies- The web within us:  When minds and machines become one

video by Ray Kurzweil (excerpts below)

The onset of the 21st century is an era in which the very nature of what it means to be human is both enriched and challenged, as our species breaks the shackles of its genetic legacy, and achieves inconceivable heights of intelligence, material progress, and longevity. The paradigm shift rate is now doubling every decade, so the twenty-first century will see 20,000 years of progress at todays rate. Consider how much the world has changed recently. Just a few years ago, people did not use social networks (Facebook, for example, was founded in 2004 and now has over 800 million active users), wikis, blogs, or tweets. Most people did not use search engines or mobile phones in the 1990s. Imagine the world without these. That sounds like ancient history, but it was not so long ago. The world will change even more in the near future. By 2020, we will have the means to programme our biology away from disease and aging. Information technology will be the majority of the economy in the 2020s and by the end of that decade virtual environments will be indistinguishable from reality. Virtually all technology will be nanotechnology within two decades, solving the energy problem and providing every kind of material resource that we need from mere information and inexpensive raw materials.

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A long-time technology enthusiast who, in the mid 80's, thought the internet might be something that would catch-on, so he taught himself programming. That started him on a very satisfying road as a course developer, trainer, online teacher and elearning evangelist. Thirty years later, he fancies himself to be a "futurist" and "thought leader".... those thoughts are more about learning that doesn't involve expensive technology and a vision of the future that makes education more critical than ever! More information at: http://kevincorbett.com/who-is-kevin-corbett/

7 Responses to “Learning Technologies 2012 – Ray Kurzweil – The Web Within Us: When Minds and Machines Become One”

  1. CalumnMcAulay

    3D printing – wow! Imagine what we will be able to do in 20 years?

  2. MrUnknownn7

    We can see father the Nanoscope and the Microsphere microscope were both recently discovered. We can now see INSIDE viruses. We still have not stopped and we continue to go further. Do your research next time friend.

  3. MrShadowfax42

    "Awesome talk. This man is awesome"

    Agreed. Have you seen his CV/Resume?


    The speech was also amazing.

  4. emmanuelmccoy2

    Technology will peak and than it will move to software

  5. emmanuelmccoy2

    His theories can be liken to a microscope. Eventually you can not see any magnification higher. Same with technology it must stop at a point

  6. MaxJ84

    Awesome talk. This man is awesome.

    A trick when are the cameraman is to actually listen the talk. That way you’ll look where you should when you should instead of just following the speaker.

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