Sorry Mr. Gilder. Watson has broken the "Span of Life" barrier...or at least put a big dent in it
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What I think is relevant today is his second constraint
"As a governing scarcity in the new economy, no less important than the speed of light is the span of life. Just as light speed represents the essential limits of information technology, lifespan defines the essential shortage of human time. Although medical and other health- related advances have increased the span of life in the United States some 5 years in the last 25--while the media focused on aids and cancer, and zero-sum pundits declared that our descendants, the scions of our science, will live less well than we do--the ultimate lifespan remains limited. Indeed, the modal economic activity of the information economy is exploitation of the technologies of the speed of light to increase the effective span of life by increasing efficiency in the use of time."Gilder's point is that we know all we know based on our life expectancy. There is no way to magically transfer all of our knowledge into the heads of our successors. We can leave behind our knowledge and records of experience, but each generation must learn for itself.
I'm at an age now where I recognized the wisdom of elders...I'm rapidly becoming an elder. My life experience has provided for me a great deal of time and exposure to new ideas...time that has enhanced my ability to evaluate options and see possible solutions.
Imagine a grandfather adviser who doesn't age. Imagine a senior physician who knows and can apply the medical marvels of generations. Imagine an engineer who has been solving problems for hundreds of years. This can be Watson.
Through the work accomplished by IBM and the Watson project, mankind now has the ability to contain knowledge and continue the applied learning process without the fear of death overtaking us and causing us to start over from birth. I believe we have made significant progress in breaking through Gilder's second limitation "the span of life". Now....let's see if we can do something about that "speed of light" issu
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