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Published on Dec 31, 2011
A Stronger America Through Technology
I have shared this story with you for five reasons. First, we actually are constructing a planet-sized supercomputer that is a fortress with miles of wires and billions of computers.
Second, I believe that our descendants will consider our planet-sized supercomputer a SuperBrain and ask it the most profound questions.
Third, such a SuperBrain will become the repository for humanity's intellectual capital as well as the perfect metaphor for gaining insight into the relationship between science and spirituality.
Fourth, I believe that our descendants won't need computers. Continuous reinvention of the computer means that it is constantly "out with the old and in with the new." As we continuously reinvent the supercomputer, which is the computer of tomorrow, the computer will become less comprehensible and more complex. History will repeat itself: what is new and incredible today will be the norm and expected of tomorrow. The television evolved from radio technology. Fortunately, the name changed to distinguish both technologies. In the 1940s, a seven-year-old boy was asked which he preferred, radio or television. The boy answered nonchalantly: "I prefer radio because the pictures were better. "
Like the radio, the computer has been continuously reinvented but the name remains the same.