Thought of the Day: Technological Advancement


“The 1980s, advent of cheap microprocessors, gave us a processing revolution in which we built our computers. The 90s was shaped by cheap fiber optics, cheap lasers, which allowed us to network our computers together and create cyberspace. This decade is being shaped by the advent of cheap sensors – accelerometers, cameras, all sorts of different kinds of sensors. So basically what we’ve done is we created our computers in the 80s, we networked them together in the 90s, and now we’re asking them to observe and manipulate the world on our behalf. And that’s about to trigger a robot revolution.”

Paul Saffo, Stanford University
The Singularity, 2012