More good reading on the Nordic Track. “The Spike”, by Damian Broderick, focuses on the impending convergence of a handful of rapidly developing technologies like nanotechnology, biotechnology, networking, and Artificial Intelligence, which when combined, transcend our culture and our human existence in ways we cannot imagine. It is this vertical spike in the progress chart of a number of technologies happening around us today for which the book was named.
An important concept in the book was that once the spike starts to take off, we have no idea what the future beyond the spike will hold. None. We have no concept of how these converged technologies will enable still other possibilities that most of us have never considered.
As the author points out, just because we may have supercomputers the size of iPods does not in itself produce a spiking effect of accelerated technological growth and cultural change. It is the convergence of the iPod-sized supercomputer with super-intelligence or AI that moves us to the spike.
Good reviews by Amazon readers on the product page if you’re interested.