Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Who Can We Thank for the Rapid Advances in Human Technology?

by L. Winslow
Have you ever wondered who is responsible for the advances in technology? Well on the Private Sector side of things I think a round recognition must go to Futurist Ray Kurzweil for his work, studies and weekly email Newsletter. He is continually promoting the future technologies and the singularity of technology as he calls it. Where technology starts moving so fast that people only remember what was before and what is now - a paradigm shift if you will.

Microsoft Research and other major companies have graciously shared much of their technology, white papers and AI research with the world and this is to be commended and is extremely helpful. One of the greatest joys of my research into technology has been following the ever increasing progression of Artificial Intelligence. Not a week goes by without another breakthrough.

For six years, I have been watching the news alerts, reading scientific journals, trade journals and news articles, the future is coming a lot faster than most people think and there is a wealth of information out there. Indeed it has been at times a little overwhelming, but well worth it. I think everyone who is on the bleeding edge of this science understands that the future is now. But we also need to thank the unsung heroes and the citizen who continually challenges their mind.

For instance my friend Youji Fujoshi who is a huge science enthusiast who exudes information and has spent countless long hours of discussion on Artificial Intelligence and Robotic Androids from ALL the known and available (and some no-longer available) Science Fiction works of authors Arthur C. Clarke, Ben Bova and Isaac Asimov, as well as many other popular science fiction writers.

We need to thank the individuals in our society - the dreamers, Sci Fi writers, scientists, corporations and futurists for propelling the human race forward incrementally to bring us in this place we stand today ready to take the species to the next step.

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