Ray Kurzweil quote

"Our intuition about the future is linear. But the reality of information technology is exponential, and that makes a profound difference. If I take 30 steps linearly, I get to 30. If I take 30 steps exponentially, I get to a billion."

Ray Kurzweil

Born: February 12, 1948

Occupation: Author

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