Ray Kurzweil quote

"It is doubling now every two years. Doubling every two years means multiplying by 1,000 in 20 years. At that rate we'll meet 100 percent of our energy needs in 20 years."

Ray Kurzweil

Born: February 12, 1948

Occupation: Author

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