Exponential Technologies …Creepy or Cool?

What are “exponential technologies” or “singularity”…Remember in math class plotting x squared? (google “x^2” if you need a refresher)… You should remember a U-shaped graph, where the ends would continue on to infinity. Well the basic premise is there are technologies that are making processing faster and faster..one could say infinitely faster. These are being coined “exponential technologies” or “singularity”.

There is debate over the term and what falls into it but the majority of the time trending terms like “machine learning”, “deep learning”, “internet of things” make the cut. Side note: you can see how many google searches are happening on these words using google trends (https://www.google.com/trends/explore#q=machine%20learning%2C%20deep%20learning%2C%20%2Fm%2F0mkz%2C%20%2Fm%2F02vnd10%2C%20Blockchain&cmpt=q&tz=Etc%2FGMT%2B4)

Whether you think they are creepy or cool…they seem to be on the rise!

I will start with my top list you must check out….

  1. https://www.declara.com free learning software (for public usage) that uses AI to learn your interest and how you like to learn to tailor content to you!
  2. https://augur.net/markets On Augur, you can trade the probability of any real-world event happening. (Really maybe this site is illegal gambling but fascinating!)
  3. https://www.microsoft.com/cognitive-services/en-us/face-api Microsoft Facial Recognition which guesses your emotions (https://www.microsoft.com/cognitive-services/en-us/emotion-api)
  4. Will add more if you ask nicely!

P.S. Underlying essentially all these exponential technologies is Algorithms a form of math. I highly recommend the movie called “The Secret Rule of Modern Living: Algorithms” available on Netflix! Ironically Netflix recommendation algorithm is well known https://www.quora.com/How-does-the-Netflix-movie-recommendation-algorithm-work