Ray Kurzweil quote

"When I was a student at MIT, we all shared one computer and it took up a whole building. The computer in your cell phone today is a million times cheaper and a thousand times more powerful. What now fits in your pocket 25 years from now will fit into a blood cell and will again be millions of times more cost effective."

Ray Kurzweil

Born: February 12, 1948

Occupation: Author

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