July 27th, 2016 by
Category: Genetics & BioTech

Ray Kurzweil is a futurist I pay a lot of attention to – he both alarms and excites me.  What do you think?

“It’s not just collecting what is basically the object code of life that is expanding exponentially. Our ability to understand it, to reverse-engineer it, to simulate it, and most importantly to reprogram this outdated software is also expanding exponentially. Genes are software programs. It’s not a metaphor. They are sequences of data. But they evolved many years ago, many tens of thousands of years ago, when conditions were different.”

Ray Kurzweil: The world isn’t getting worse — our information is getting better

Here is a snippet from my new ‘Technology vs humanity’ book that I’d like present as a bit of a counter-argument to Ray’s pretty far-reaching statement that ‘human genes are outdated software’:

As much as I am enthralled by STEM breakthroughs, as well, I think that we urgently need to create a counterbalance, one that amplifies the importance of truly human factors. In contrast to the STEM acronym, I have recently started calling this CORE: creativity and compassion, originality, reciprocity and responsibility, and empathy.

Author: Gerd Leonhard

In the words of American poet John Berryman, “the possibility that has been overlooked is the future”. Most of us are far too busy coping with present challenges to explore the future in any depth – and when we do our own cravings and fears often run away with us, resulting in utopias or dystopias that are not very helpful in terms of planning and decisions. Today’s professionals, leaders and their organisations need a dedicated, passionate long-term understanding of the future if they are to successfully navigate the exponential waves of change. For countless individuals and organizations that intelligence is called Gerd Leonhard.


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