Thursday, February 21, 2008

Technology Overload - 2030

There is a Game Developers Conference taking place, offering surprising forecasts for the future of today's students. While we know kids love digital games, at conferences like these the question is more about how life engages with computers and artificial intelligence.

Today's Game Developers Conference keynote featured a uniquely distinguished individual. In 1963, at the age of fifteen, Ray Kurzweil wrote his first computer program to process statistical data at a summer job. The program was so useful that IBM distributed it to researchers. Later in high school he created a sophisticated pattern-recognition software program that analyzed musical pieces of great classical music composers and then synthesized its own songs in similar styles.

According to Kurzweil's estimates, in 2029 a $1,000 computer will be 1,000 times more powerful than the human brain. But instead of these systems mocking us autonomously, they will be miniaturized (via nanotechnology) and fused directly to the neural connections in your brain. We will no longer be limited by polygons or advanced lighting techniques because the resolution you see will be the maximum resolution your brain is capable of seeing.

Will I need to go to the movies in 2030? I've got popcorn at home.

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