The rate of technical progress amongst humans has been exponentially increasing. According to Ray Kurzweil, as we discover more effective ways to do things, we also discover more effective ways to learn, i.e. language, numbers, written language, philosophy, scientific method, instruments of observation, tallying devices, mechanical calculators, computers, each of these a major advance in our ability to account for information occurring increasingly close together.
Already within the past sixty years, life in the industrialized world has changed almost beyond recognition except for living memories from the first half of the 20th century. This pattern will culminate in unimaginable technological progress in the 21st century. I believe there is a very good chance we will achieve technological singularity as predicted by Vernor Vinge and Ray Kurzweil.
The convergence of biology with nanotechnology and information technologies will soon create an unprecendent ability to understand and manipulate biological systems. Inspired by the idea of singularity, I have coined the term Biosingularity to define a time when we will be able to engineer new biological systems and have complete molecular control in manipulating existing life forms. Similar to advances in biological systems, manipulation and creation of nanosize mechanical systems is advancing at an exponential rate. This blog chronicles these advances in nanotechnology, which will eventually allow us to achieve nanosingularity, a time when nanotech will allow instant manufactruring of anything imaginable and fully integrated with biological systems.