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Human-Technology Co-Evolution

The Big Idea for Sunday, February 10, 2013

Consider the "quantitative improvement" from primates to humans with a larger neocortex. This is what enabled the development of language, the arts and science -- higher level thinking. In today's lesson, Ray Kurzweil asks us to consider what it will mean when "we put gateways to the cloud in our brains."
In other words, "what kind of qualitative leap can we make with another quantitative increase?" Kurzweil asks.


  1. 1 This Is Your Brain in the Cloud
    Jonathan Fowler and Elizabeth Rodd Big Think TV
  2. 2 Will We Disappear Into Our Machines?
    David Gelernter
  3. 3 Creativity in the Cloud: The Internet As Global Brain
    Tiffany Shlain
  4. 4 Ray Kurzweil: The Six Epochs of Technology Evolution
    Daniel Honan The Nantucket Project

Human-Technology Co-Evolution

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