In 2020, technology and its advances have seeped into every facet of humanity. Just ask researcher of emerging technologies, Farabi Shayor, whose latest research into AI and blockchain technologies could help control the spread of future virus pandemics – in contrast to the current Coronavirus outbreak. Shayor will be leading a team as a part of the CRI module at the Imperial School of Medicine, in collaboration with the Barclays Eagle Lab. In essence, under his supervision, 15 medicine students will work towards uncovering various aspects of these technologies to help prevent infectious disease.
Shayor is fascinated with every fibre of his being into the breakthrough technologies of the past seven decades, and in particular the unstoppable acceleration many have experienced in the last ten years. In his new book, ‘Exponential Progress’, Shayor digs to the bottom of where technology has been most influential, why it’s had such an impact – and what the future might look like at its helm.
Humanity is progressing towards a world that will be dominated by the end-results of the scientific inventions, that will evolve over the next decade. Technological progress has accelerated over the past decade – it was slow and buggy at the beginning, but the rate of improvement is now exponential. The rate of growth is accelerating faster than we could have ever imagined. A lot of these technologies are not available commercially to consumers. However, scientists and researchers have made several breakthroughs and are continuously in pursuit of improving their startling inventions.
From a business perspective, these ground-breaking technologies are expected to be the best investments for the next decade. That is why investors, analysts and entrepreneurs are tenacious about investing in these technologies. Where did it all start? How far have we come in the past 70 years since the curious minds developed the first digital computer? Technologies that will substantially improve our lives can also affect us in a way that would be incomprehensible.
Current progress in the field of artificial neural networks is mandatory to process petabytes of structured data. Besides, the advancement in genome engineering is required to help scientists understand and control the flow of hereditary diseases. Thousands of innovators are in the process of developing the building blocks of these technologies, that will radically grow over the next decade and potentially dominate the century. Although technologists are focused on creating the next best jaw-dropping product or service, we, as humans, are stepping into the unknown here. Civilisation has reached a point when this progress cannot be controlled.
This book looks back at the history of mind-bending technologies, analyse current progress and what the researchers have achieved until now. The author attempts to comprehend the need for advancement and in parallel, the potential, reflecting the necessity of control, the balance of ethical value and our rights.
“From the scientist’s perspective, these technologies are not definite answers, but a constantly evolving passion and competition to find the next breakthrough, build the next great thing and continually improve their weird and wonderful inventions,” explains the author. “But what claims still require scientific validation? What are the dangers of some of these emerging technologies? And what opportunities do they provide to solve humanity’s biggest problems? Read my book to start finding answers.”
Continuing, “Much of this technology is available to the average consumer, people who don’t understand the full potential of them and are taking a leap into the unknown when they adopt it. It’s in complete juxtaposition to the scientists who always seem to be able to justify their creations. I argue that technology may have reached a pace of innovation that humans can no longer control, and this thirst for exploration may now be embedded in our DNA. The book will definitely leave readers with plenty to think about.”
‘Exponential Progress’ is due for imminent release.
For more information, visit the book’s official website: https://ep.intelxsys.com/.
About the Authors:
Farabi Shayor BSc MSc MIScT is an experienced and qualified researcher in the field of emerging technologies and running research-based projects involving applied computational intelligence. He has started his career in brand design, marketing and moved his way up to become a professional researcher and analyst. Shayor has worked with over 100 companies as a technology consultant.
He has also spoken at a number of international conferences and was mentioned several times on Forbes, The Next Web and Inc Magazine. Currently he is the Head of Research at IntelXSys, and working as a Research Lead for “Clinical Research and Innovation (CRI) Module” at Imperial School of Medicine, currently ranked as one of the top 3 universities in the UK and top 8 in the world.