by Ed Wenck, CEDIA Content Marketing Manager
Feeling overwhelmed? Of course you are. We all are, to some extent. We’re on a ride that’s getting ever faster, a ride powered by the “Law of Accelerating Returns.”
That premise, famously posited by Google Futurist Ray Kurzweil, states that information technology is growing — and learning — exponentially. Humans don’t operate that way — we are, by our nature, linear — but the machines we’ve created have the ability to double their “thinking” power at a startling rate. Exponentially, in fact.
As people, we plod along. We proceed in simple steps, one after another. As Kurzweil told the Financial Times, "30 steps linearly gets you to 30. One, two, three, four; step 30 you're at 30. With exponential growth, it's one, two, four, eight. Step 30, you're at a billion.”
That rate right now, right here in 2016? “Every 18 months we’re doubling the knowledge that’s available to us,” says Dave Pedigo, CEDIA’s Senior Director of Emerging Technologies.
And what does this mean to you, O Technology Integrator?