Accelerating Change

In futures studies and the history of technology, accelerating change is a perceived increase in the rate of technological (and sometimes social and cultural) progress throughout history, which may suggest faster and more profound change in the future. While many have suggested accelerating change, the popularity of this theory in modern times is closely associated with various advocates of the technological singularity, such as Vernor Vinge and Ray Kurzweil.

Read more about Accelerating Change:  Early Theories, Vinge's Exponentially Accelerating Change, Moravec's Mind Children, Kurzweil's The Law of Accelerating Returns, Criticisms, Gallery

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