Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

The Future Is Bright

Fold a piece of paper once, and it’s twice as thick. Fold it again and it’s four times as thick. What happens when you fold a piece of paper 50 times?

Your piece of paper would reach the sun, 98 million miles away.

That’s called exponential growth.

We never got a piece of paper to grow that thick in so few steps. But we have sped up computers in such large leaps.

The first to notice was electrical engineer, Gorden Moore. 

In the 60s, he saw that the number of transistors on an integrated circuit doubled roughly every year. And Moore predicted that this exponential trend would continue.

That prediction was later called, Moore’s Law.

And for the last 60 years, the law has held up.

So if you visit Best Buy every year and leave with a $1.000 computer, its processing speed is twice as fast as the desktop from the year before.

That boost in power is extraordinary.

A $1.000 computer from 2011 does 100 billion calculations per second. That’s more computational power than the entire US government had in the 70s.

If Moore’s Law persists for four more years, a $1.000 computer from Best Buy will do 160 quadrillion calculations per second. A one followed by 16 zeros.

That’s not only an impressive number, it’s the rate at which the human mind thinks.

Suppose Moore’s Law lasts another 20 years. What could a $1.000 computer from Best Buy do then?

Think with the speed of the entire human race.

So two decades from now, one month’s pay could get you a tool that solves world-sized problems.

Climate change, world hunger, poverty. Run your issue through the modern computer and get the answer.

The answer to all our biggest problems.

You see, even though we face many problems, these issues are all related.  Solve one big problem and you solve many.

Eradicate Malaria, and Africans will be more healthy, leading to a greater workforce and economy. Plus Africa will be safer for everyone, increasing tourism. 

And since most cases of Malaria affect children, mortality rates will plummet together with birth rates. If two children will live, African women won’t have to bear eight children—increasing quality of life. 

If Moore’s Law endures, the future is bright.

P.S. If you want to feel more optimistic about the future, check out Peter Diamandis’ book, Abundance.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach