In 1965 Gordon Moore, Intel Co-founder & tech legend, predicted that the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits would double each year – “Moore’s Law”, which still holds true to this day. The law tells us that computing power will continue to become smaller and faster over time as transistors become more efficient. In other terms, computing’s intelligence, capability and efficiency is improving exponential until it reaches a state of singularity (a state in which performance is perfected and can no longer be improved)…

Stefan Korn, CEO of Creative HQ, dumbfounded the EXOsphere and 1st Assembly community during his brief talk on Exponential Technologies during EXO Breakfast, following the Singularity University Summit. Stefan spoke about the implications of technologies, such artificial intelligence, automotive vehicles and bioengineering, which are primed to disrupt humanity on a unseen scale and magnitude.

 

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Image above : Stefan Korn, Creative HQ’s CEO, talks on Exponential Technologies 

 

It’s hard to pick out one example, however artificial intelligence (ai) stood out as a hot topic of debate. Stefan explained that ai, such as IBM’s Watson or Auckland University’s Baby X, has the ability to play, fail, try and learn organically in much the same way we do. However, ai takes it one step further – for example it instantly shares new knowledge to prevent other ai’s from replicating the same learning, acting like a singular body. Furthermore, ai interprets patterns to inform decision making within a given context, for example, your coffee machine could learn your morning routine and perfectly time a fresh batch of coffee to ensure you aren’t late to catch the bus. Alternatively, your toothbrush could monitor your gum health, inform your dentist when you need a checkup and book an appointment. The list of possible applications is truly endless and it’s exciting to think what the future may hold (if you’re keen to see another great example check out the movie trailer for 20th Century FOX’s new movie Morgan, which was made by IBM’s Watson).  

 

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Image above : IBM’s Watson and Auckland University’s Baby X  

 

However, these exponential technologies also stimulate a great deal of worry, anger and fear. 48 – 86% of jobs are set to be distributed in the next decade, whether they are redefined, translated or eliminated. This prediction is asking humanity to rethink its place and purpose. Stefan commented that the debate between the relationship of humans and technology has been raging on for over 100 years, however this generation is standing on an inflection point. The question is not what, but why – our morality is the next evolution of innovation. We need to ask what are the implications of such exponential technologies and are we happy to progress them….this is the first time in which anything is possible, but the issue becomes why or why not…         

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