The Future

Pundits are predicting that the first computer that will be at least as intelligent as a human will be built in 2010 and by 2049 a $1000 computer will outsmart the entire human race. But, this video is about more than that.

It tracks the shifts that are occurring today and extrapolates them into implications for those currently in high school and higher education. Think about it, if you start a technical degree this year, half of what you learn in that four-year course will be outdated before you reach the end of the third year. After all, it took radio 38 years to reach a 50 million audience, television 13 years, the internet 4 years, and Facebook achieved a market penetration that size in just 2 years.

In 1984, the year I started university, there were 1000 internet devices around the world (I certainly didn’t send an email till more than four years after that). By 1992, that number was 1,000,000. Today, there are at least a billion internet devices and that number will inevitably rise as people with at least one personal computer augment their connectivity with more and more mobile devices, such as smart phones, android phones, tablets, slates, iPads, iPods iPhones etc.

The video was produced by the zyOzy Foundation, which believes that the themes in the “Did You Know?” video are global in nature and apply to schools and children around the world.

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13 thoughts on “The Future

  1. Are you really sure about the time that TV took. Most people in USA think that all inventions come from there. The first free-to-air TV service was from the BBC in 1936. There was a bit of a hiatus starting in September 1939. The computer was invented (sort of came together) to crack the German Enigma Machine, between 1940 and 1944. ‘Tis possible that things are speeding up even more that you said.

  2. @Pio A computer beating a grandmaster at chess is not quite what the concept of a technological singularity is about. As to freewill and god. There is evidence that what we think of as freewill is merely an afterthought in terms of the electrical signals and that our brain’s decide for us nanoseconds before our consciousness becomes aware of many decisions, so I’m not sure how that notion of love being returned freely works.

    @Iain The Gascoigne quote is literally, obviously, basically a classic for the Colemanballs archives.

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