Dick Pelletier Sees a Magical Future Ahead of Us

March 13 2008 / by Venessa Posavec / In association with Future Blogger.net
Category: Technology   Year: 2008   Rating: 9

Science and technology columnist Dick Pelletier is very optimistic about what’s to come, especially for someone born in 1931. He authors the blog, PositiveFuturist, which serves as a central resource for anyone interested in how advancing technologies are merging and amplifying each other to create what he calls a “magical future”.

What some may consider a utopian dream – a world in which aging has been eliminated, and physical and psychological capabilities expanded – Pelletier sees as a very real possibility for the next 20-30 year period. In a recent MemeBox interview, Pelletier was kind enough to share his views about the NBIC convergence he sees driving these breakthroughs, offering a bright and exciting vision of the future to come.

“NBIC convergence refers to the interaction of advances in nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology, and cognitive sciences,” Pelletier explained.

As a fan of Ray Kurzweil’s theory of accelerating change, he believes these technologies are advancing exponentially as the rate of change gains momentum.

“As this phenomenon becomes more understood, the possibility that we can enhance human performance and actually design our own evolution will become clear. NBIC convergence will impact dramatically with working habits and the economy. Nanotech and infotech advances could, as early as the last half of this century, turn Earth into a non-commerce scarcity-free world.”

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