Thursday, September 14, 2006

"Researchers in the biochemistry, nanotechnology, and robotics fields may not be as acutely aware of exponential growth (there are no equivalents to Moores law in those fields) but scientists are still cognizant of the rapid and increasing pace of development in those nascent industries. Moreover, Kurzweil correctly states that progress in one field, such as semiconductors, has a ripple effect on other industries. For instance, the Blue Gene supercomputers, a marvel of modern semiconductor technology, will be able to simulate precisely the interatomic forces that determines how a protein folds. This capability will have a profound and direct impact upon the microbiology, biochemistry, and genetic engineering industries. Finally, Kurzweil highlights the burgeoning resources that can be directed towards given technology projects. The surge in labor resources (technically trained scientists and researchers are coming out of worldwide Universities at an ever greater rate) combined with the increased financial funding (industries have growing R&D funds, in inflation-adjusted dollars,) and the inexorable rise in computing power, all lead to a substantial aggregate increase in available R&D resources, which in turn allows seemingly intractable problems to be surmounted."


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