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At last week’s annual Exponential Medicine program from Singularity University, futurist and Google Director of Engineering Ray Kurzweil said,
“I’m developing these neocortical models. We don’t perfectly know how the neocortex works but we have enough information about it to begin to simulate it and create intelligent systems and I’m applying that to natural language. Turing defined language as the epitome of human intelligence.
On Google and Siri, you can ask natural questions and those answers are getting more sophisticated. We’d like to broaden that even further and have a system you can really talk to and get to know you. The early vision of that is “Samantha” in the movie “Her,” and there will be a gradual but exponential path to getting there.
In terms of life sciences, the motivating goal is applying information technology to “solving health.” Google fashions itself as organizing the world’s information. Some of that information is the software that runs life and we now have the means of reprogramming it.”
Question one for today’s discussion: If you accept the notion we’ll be able to “reprogram life,” how will that affect your plans? How will it affect the medical device industry? And how can we use our 300,000-member community to work together on the objective?
Ray also said, “You can’t predict the future. But one aspect is very predictable: The price/performance capacity of every information technology.
One industry after another becomes an information technology. Write down the technical attributes that affect your business and you can actually plot exactly where they will be.
For example, I did this five years ago with e-readers and wrote down all the parameters: Display resolution, cellular computing, transmission speeds, and so on.”
He talked about the exponential movement in mobile computing and said 3-dimensional printing start taking off in the 2020s.
Question two for today: When you consider the vast information being collected by the Human Genome Project – and if you consider that to eventually be “open-source information,” how will you use that information to better deliver health solutions.
A lot to think about.
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