We are at the beginning of a period of exponential growth through harnessing human intellect with intelligent technology. The pace of change is often said to get faster and faster, the increase in the world’s collective knowledge is certainly growing faster and faster. Not only is more information available than ever before, it is literally at our fingertips through our smartphones and other devices. The volume of what is available has the power to overwhelm a human brain, even paralyze an individual. We need to be able to manage it and harness it.
Anecdotal comments suggest the world’s collective knowledge is doubling every 12 hours. This seems to stem from work by the inventor and futurist Buckminster Fuller in 1982, which IBM built out from in 2010 with a speculative comment to take account of all the information that would be created by IoT technology by 2020.
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