Kurzweil’s Law of Accelerating Returns shows that technology is progressing at an exponential rate. The rate of technological advancements has accelerated such that gains that would have taken twenty years previously can now be made in only a year or two. It is mind-blowing that in the future we will see advancements, that would take thirty years at today’s pace, done in just a few months. This means that we will be in each technological age for much less time before advancing to the next. This is why it didn’t take us thousands of years to go from the internet age to the cloud computing age and why many are excited to see what the future holds — the next ten years will see more transformations than we have seen since the introduction of the internet.
With SpaceX aiming for the colonization of Mars, it is interesting to think about the kinds of computers needed to monitor and maintain life in outer space or on a planet with such a weak atmosphere. For example, BubblyNet can monitor the air quality, give feedback on carbon monoxide levels and gravitation levels, while managing the lights so they can dim, brighten and get warmer and cooler so as to maintain circadian rhythm. While the colonization of Mars may seem far-fetched today, with the exponential growth of technology perhaps it is closer than we think.