"There is an escalating, accelerating and exponentially growing paradigm shift in information technology," said at the NAB Show revolutionary inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil.
In an amazing conference, Kurzweil went to describe the exponential growth of knowledge and its resulting technological developments, and how this trend has resulted in more communication opportunities, extended health and better lives for everyone.
"It's all about understanding the tools to which we have so quickly become accustomed. The telephone took 50 years to become adopted by a quarter of the population, but the cell phone did that in seven years."
"Anybody can change the world. Ten years ago most people could not use search engines... but now that sounds like ancient history."
Among other future technologies, Kurzweil painted a picture of the advent of nanotechnology, describing neural implants that could be distributed to billions of points in the brain to provide a full-immersion virtual reality incorporating all of the senses and an intimate connection to diverse forms of nonbiological intelligence. (See below the slide I captured)
Ray Kurzweil, described as "the restless genius" by the The Wall Street Journal and "the ultimate thinking machine" by Forbes, is also an entrepreneur, a best-selling author, and very friendly guy. After the conference, he spent time talking to everyone who approached him (including myseft). For me, he was the star of the NAB Show.