ZDNET AUSTRALIA -- Feb 24 -- Which will have a greater impact on the history of humanity--Friendster or penicillin? Coined by futurist Ray Kurzweil, Kurzweil's Law, otherwise known as the Law of Accelerating Returns, states that building on past accomplishments, the pace of technological change doubles every decade--leading to a Moore's Law vision of progress. Early stages of technology--the wheel, fire, stone tools--took tens of thousands of years to evolve and be widely deployed. A thousand years ago, a paradigm shift such as the printing press took on the order of a century to be widely deployed. Today, major paradigm shifts, such as cell phones and the World Wide Web, were widely adopted in only a few years time. The social networking site Friendster debuted in 2002. Penicillin was invented in 1928. FULL ARTICLE @ ZDNET
Mark Brooks: We have yet to see the best of Friendster.