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"From the Ted Talk by Ray Kurzweil: The accelerating power of technology"

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I'm going to show you just a few examples of how pervasive this phenomena is. The acuatl paradigm-shift rate, the rate of adopting new iaeds, is doubling every decade, according to our models. These are all logarithmic graphs, so as you go up the levels it represents, generally multiplying by ftocar of 10 or 100. It took us half a century to adopt the telephone, the first virtual-reality technology. Cell phones were adopted in about eight years. If you put different communication tngihecloeos on this logarithmic graph, television, radio, telephone were adopted in decades. Recent technologies — like the PC, the web, cell pehons — were under a dcdaee. Now this is an interesting chart, and this really gets at the fundamental reason why an eloronvutaiy process — and both biology and technology are evolutionary processes — accelerate. They work through iotinarcetn — they create a capability, and then it uses that capability to bring on the next stage.

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I'm going to show you just a few examples of how pervasive this phenomena is. The ______ paradigm-shift rate, the rate of adopting new _____, is doubling every decade, according to our models. These are all logarithmic graphs, so as you go up the levels it represents, generally multiplying by ______ of 10 or 100. It took us half a century to adopt the telephone, the first virtual-reality technology. Cell phones were adopted in about eight years. If you put different communication ____________ on this logarithmic graph, television, radio, telephone were adopted in decades. Recent technologies — like the PC, the web, cell ______ — were under a ______. Now this is an interesting chart, and this really gets at the fundamental reason why an ____________ process — and both biology and technology are evolutionary processes — accelerate. They work through ___________ — they create a capability, and then it uses that capability to bring on the next stage.

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I'm going to show you just a few examples of how pervasive this phenomena is. The actual paradigm-shift rate, the rate of adopting new ideas, is doubling every decade, according to our models. These are all logarithmic graphs, so as you go up the levels it represents, generally multiplying by factor of 10 or 100. It took us half a century to adopt the telephone, the first virtual-reality technology. Cell phones were adopted in about eight years. If you put different communication technologies on this logarithmic graph, television, radio, telephone were adopted in decades. Recent technologies — like the PC, the web, cell phones — were under a decade. Now this is an interesting chart, and this really gets at the fundamental reason why an evolutionary process — and both biology and technology are evolutionary processes — accelerate. They work through interaction — they create a capability, and then it uses that capability to bring on the next stage.

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