Wishful thinking

If you have ever read anything or heard Ray Kurzweil or other similar Futurists words, they have some radical ideas about the future of humanity.

Some claim that in a few years, in the 2040’s there will be a phenomenon known as the singularity (a phrase borrowed from the world of theoretical physics).

It claims that technology is advancing at such a rate, exponentially, that we will get to a point, a tipping point if you will, that a number of things may happen. Either we will merge completely with technology (this has already began) or that technology will become the overlord of humanity, whacky I know.

Or another possibility, which Kurzweil was really hoping for, Transhumanism would become a reality.

Transhumanism is the theory that we will eventually be able, when technology has advanced enough, to download or personality, or memories or being into a supercomputer and live indefinitely in a virtual digital world as avatar, creating our own reality and doing whatever we like.

Wonderful ideas but maybe a little bit to out there.

But one thing I have come to realise as I have gotten older, is that with all the misguided and underutilised ability of the human race, we have got great minds and some of the things which we have thought to be impossible have become a reality through the imagination of the human mind. Science fiction has often become science fact.

When it comes to eLearning, which might seem a bit mundane after the crazy theories I have just outlined, there is also some amazing possibilities on the horizon.

One theory is that we will be able to automatically, instantaneously learn a new language or a new skill (matrix style) by simply looking at a computer screen.

Ok so this is not what this blog is about but it all fits in with the idea that the landscape of the future can sometimes be impossible to imagine.

But we will have a go


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