10 Big Breakthroughs: A History Of Accelerating Technology Innovation

The Human Genome Project

One of Kurzweil's most outrageous predictions was related to the international scientific Human Genome Project aimed at mapping the sequencing of the entire 20,000 - 25,000 genes of the human genome. Skeptics pointed to the slow early progress of the Human Genome project, which was started in 1990, as evidence that it would take some 700 years to finish the project. Kurzweil was confident that the laws of "exponential progression" would prevail and the project would be completed by 2003. Kurzweil was right. He says skeptics were looking at linear progression rather than taking into account the accelerating laws of innovation.

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