High Tech Evolves

June 4, 2002 | Source: TIME

Evolutionary biology is influencing the way we build computers, write software and organize companies. TIME convened a panel of visionaries, including Ray Kurzweil, to address this. Key ideas:

  • Autonomic computing: bio-inspired systems for managing and maintaining computer networks.
  • Evolutionary computing (genetic algorithms) for engineering designs.
  • Software that models the way a community of individuals develops from the diverse decisions of its members — for planning truck routes, for example.
  • Organizations becoming less hierarchical and self-organizing, as in natural systems.
  • “The rate of exponential growth is growing exponentially‚ĶBy 2040 or 2050 nonbiological intelligence will be trillions of times more powerful than biological intelligence,” says Kurzweil.