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Twenty Minutes from Now

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Defense Acquisition University Fort Belvoir United States

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Discussion about the pace of change that is currently gripping the technological landscape has so permeated the ranks of the defense acquisition workforce that it risks becoming a trite clich. But discuss it we must. Ray Kurzweil, noted futurist, author, and inventor, argues that while we understand that technology is changing rapidly, we fail to understand that that very change is causing an even more exponential acceleration. One way to think about this phenomena is that faster computers help build faster computers faster. That is, each generation of improved tools, helps us build the next generation of improved tools even faster. Cycle times for such things as invention to production to maturity are becoming radically shortened. The bar has never been set lower for entry of new companies into these technology marketplaces. The products themselveswhen viewed through the lens of the impact they can have on an organization and their absolute pricehave also never been cheaper.

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