Category Archives: Amazing Exponentials

An Idea Worth Spreading

As I mentioned on last week’s podcast, I’m currently rolling out a little experiment in memetics. Earlier this week, I bought four copies of Matt Ridley’s The Rational Optimist and am sending them to friends who I think… a) Haven’t already read the book, and b) Will enjoy it I’m asking these friends, if they like […]

The Other Singularities

[Electricity from solar power] is doubling now every two years. Doubling every two years means multiplying by 1,000 in 20 years. At that rate we’ll meet 100 percent of our energy needs in 20 years. – Ray Kurzweil Suppose that solar power achieves and then surpasses “grid parity,” meaning that it produces electrictity less expensively […]

Plant More Rice!

Many people are afraid of our accelerating future. I doubt that the name for our destination – “The Technological Singularity” – helps relieve any fear. There’s something sinister-sounding about any singularity, but this is a black hole in our timeline. You don’t have to be especially prone to worry for this to cause concern In […]

Amazing Exponentials at Work

Recently Phil spoke about the coming portability of all knowledge: [My iPod] holds 20 gigabytes of memory, or about 500 songs. Last year’s model could hold only 10 gigabytes, about 250 songs. If I were using my iPod to hold text rather than music, it could hold about 20,000 books. And at the rate its […]