Can We Live Forever? Lev Grossman in Conversation with Raymond Kurzweil
There are, however, many skeptics. Grossman cited one, Paul Allen, who claimed that technology will "hit a wall in the coming years (or decades)." As TIME points out in their recap, Kurzweil offers a historic explanation to refute Allen's argument:
Kurzweil’s response cited new paradigms to come for the [technology] industry. In the early days of computing, he said, the increases in power were to be found in the shrinking of vacuum tubes. That was the trend of the day, until it didn’t make sense any more, and scientists made the move to a new paradigm. Kurzweil says he envisions this next paradigm on the horizon to involve 3D chips, already in existence inside Intel. As has always been the case, this breakthrough into a new paradigm will then magnify computing power exponentially.As the celebrated author of The Magicians series and TIME's chief book critic, it is easy to overlook Grossman's role as TIME's lead tech writer. However, on the SXSWi stage, he once again reminded us why he is one of the most fascinating voices in tech journalism today.