I read a great interview with Ray Kurzweil in the San Francisco Chronicle.
Kurzweil is a visionary (reading machines for the blind, text to speech technology, music synthesizers, a bunch of artificial intelligence stuff) and he had a few nuggets of valuable insights/data points in the interview.
I encourage you to read the entire article, but here were my favorites:
…”technologies will be another billion times more powerful per dollar in 25 years and 100,000 times smaller in size.”
“We’ll reach a tipping point in about 15 years where we will be adding more than a year each year to your remaining life expectancy.”
“There has been 18 percent annual growth in every form of information technology for the past half century as measured in constant dollars, despite the fact that you can get twice as much of it each year for the same cost.”
“…there are 5 billion cell phones for 6 billion people…”
“Information-based technologies are affordable only by the rich at a point in time where they don’t work very well. By the time they are perfected, they are almost free.”
“The number of bits we are transmitting on the Internet is doubling every year.”