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Today's Big Idea: Exponential Technology

The Big Idea for Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Where is human intelligence headed? Will it be surpassed (and therefore subordinated) by machines or will it be augmented by artificial intelligence? And what does that mean for human prospects, measured in terms of health, wealth and happiness?

This question looms large as we at the possibilities that could arise in 2013.

In order to look forward, the futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil today takes a look back, taking stock of human progress. Access to smarter technology, Kurzweil argues, is a powerful force that will continue to make us all happier, healthier and wealthier in 2013. 


  1. 1 Ray Kurzweil's Top 5 Reasons to Be Optimistic for 2013
    Daniel Honan Think Tank
  2. 2 Why Ray Kurzweil's Predictions Are Right 86% of the Time
    Dominic Basulto Endless Innovation
  3. 3 Progress as Opportunity
    Lawrence Summers
  4. 4 The Cult of the Singularity
    Daniel Altman Econ201

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