Saturday, June 13, 2009

Let's count naturally.... in exponential steps!

Our species was never purely 100% biological; we did not stay in the caves, we built tools, we invented the wheel, we flied planes and we have invented the computer; So we have always been a human-machine civilization from the very beginning.
As Ray Kurzweil states, Evolution is the process by which we first build capacities and then re-use these capacities to build technologies of increasing order (i.e. better technologies).
So this is a multiplicative process, by means of which you leverage technologies already built.

Counting linearly is to add a same quantity at each step.
Counting exponentially is to multiply by a same quantity at each step.

By this definition, you can convince yourself that evolution is exponential by nature.

I have found 2 reasons why too few people notice that we are an exponential civilization:
- At the beginning, an exponential is very flat and seems linear.
- As soon as a new technology appears, human beings adopt them unconsciously.

One quantity is beginning to be unequivocally exponential and this is the computing power of our PCs, which doubles every year.

You'd better know how to count in exponential steps if you want to still be human in the next decade and catch-up with others:
1,2,4,8,16,32,64,128,256,512,1024, instead of:

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