Friday, 12 December 2014

‘“Don't blame you," said Marvin, the robot with a brain the size of a planet; and counted five hundred and ninety-seven thousand million sheep before falling asleep again a second later.’

From his book, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

Written in the 1970s, although fictional, highlights our mindset to what we thought was possible in the distant future, back then. Illustrating how far we have come, because today your smart phone, with a brain the size of a postage stamp, is capable of processing speeds far-far more in advance of the 1970s Marvin!

400+ trillion molecules walked into a bar. 

And the barman said ‘Why the long face?’

And the 400+ trillion molecules replied ‘Evolution by natural selection.’

The point: According to evolutionary biochemists, an average fully grown human being's body is made of ~100 trillion molecules; a horse ~400+ trillion. And the body design - the 'Phenotype' - shaped by natural selection pressures!

Ray Kurzweil and Peter Diamandis (co-founders of the Singularity University) was sitting at the bar, and Ray asked Peter, ‘How far do you think the Singularity can go?’

And Peter replied, ‘About an order of magnitude above infinity.’

The point: Peter Diamandis is constantly advocating that businesses should not merely aim for marginal (5-10%) growth year-on-year over a five year period; but an order of magnitude rate of growth in as little as few years. He cites that businesses, such as ‘Uber Technologies. Inc,’ did not exist five years ago, but now has a market value of $18.2 billion!

Thursday, 11 December 2014

How many Engineers does it take to change a ‘Smart Light-Bulb?’ 

They're not sure yet, cos it’s still in R&D!