作者 | Peter H. Diamandis /Steven Kotler
译者 | 介凡君
A big theme that runs through the book is “converging technologies,” which means that super-sophisticated technologies like artificial intelligence, the internet, and 3D printing are being developed – often independently – and then integrated with eachother. The result is a form of exponential technological growth which shatters any previous idea we might have of how much progress we can make in a decade.For example, with 3D printing and artificial intelligence, we might be able to build robots that can learn how to 3D print new “materials” like eyes and brains. They’re printing rocket ships, so why not do it with organs? The lesson we can learn here is the incredible power of cooperation: When a bunch ofsuper-smart people work by themselves, they achieve great things; when they come together to cooperate, they achieve extraordinary things. Alone we can ascend mountains; together we can move them.
To give you a taste of what’s to come with the rapid development in technology, here are a few appetizers:flying cars (they’re already here; just not commercialized); organ 3D printing(it’s here; veins have even been printed); Mars colonization (Elon Musk plansto send his first group of people by 2030); floating cities (it’s already being tested on a massive scale); rocket travel (Musk said you’ll be able to get anywhere in the world in 1 hour); Virtual Reality classrooms (learn ethics from Plato inside his academy, or war strategy from Napoleon), 5G internet for everyone (companies like Google are working to bring free internet to everyone– also the 3-4 BILLION who are completely without it). Do any of these things sound exciting to you? If it is, you’ll be even more excited that these areonly the developments that are already happening and are expected to be ubiquitous by 2030 – in merely a decade!
If there’s one thing we should take away from this book, it’s this: The world is changing rapidly. Those who don’t improve get left behind. One way to improve? Keep learning!
本文摘自《The Future Is Faster Than You Think》，出版社Simon & Schuster。