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Kirill Shilov
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Entrepreneurs from all over the world are constantly thinking about that next "Big Idea" that will catch the attention of billions of people. By now it's pretty clear that the era of "funny" social/sharing products is long over and we need to find the next thing that will capture the people's imaginations as we move towards the future.

Much like in the early days of computers when we built software, processors, and operating systems, now we are searching for the best way to build self-educating machines. And once we master this, these machines will autonomously build other stuff and we will have achieved singularity - to put it simply, singularity is the moment when superintelligent machines will be able to replace humans in all tasks.

The current forecast of actually achieving singularity is 2045 (this date is based on Google engineer Ray Kurzweil's prediction, which you can learn more about in the article: "Can Futurists Predict the Year of the Singularity?").

Achieving singularity is a Meta Goal - there will be a lot of "Big Things" along the way, with plenty of benefits for all entrepreneurs to reap.

The first step is to list all the roadblocks on the way to our Meta Goal. And I believe that the right way to do it is by interviewing the experts who have firsthand knowledge in high-tech areas of science and technology. Which is precisely what the GeekForge Formula Newsletter is for.
Entrepreneurs from all over the world are constantly thinking about that next "Big Idea" that will catch the attention of billions of people. By now it's pretty clear that the era of "funny" social/sharing products is long over and we need to find the next thing that will capture the people's imaginations as we move towards the future.

Much like in the early days of computers when we built software, processors, and operating systems, now we are searching for the best way to build self-educating machines. And once we master this, these machines will autonomously build other stuff and we will have achieved singularity - to put it simply, singularity is the moment when superintelligent machines will be able to replace humans in all tasks.

The current forecast of actually achieving singularity is 2045 (this date is based on Google engineer Ray Kurzweil's prediction, which you can learn more about in the article: "Can Futurists Predict the Year of the Singularity?").

Achieving singularity is a Meta Goal - there will be a lot of "Big Things" along the way, with plenty of benefits for all entrepreneurs to reap.

The first step is to list all the roadblocks on the way to our Meta Goal. And I believe that the right way to do it is by interviewing the experts who have firsthand knowledge in high-tech areas of science and technology. Which is precisely what the GeekForge Formula Newsletter is for.
Why 10,000?
What niches will affect technological progress? We can start with the biggest ones:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Robotics
  • The blockchain
  • Quantum computing
  • Cyber security
  • Marketing and entrepreneurship

Each of these categories are quite broad and require different fields of knowledge. Cursory calculations (a brief Google search on how many subcategories each field has) reveal that approximately 1,500 experts in each category will be enough to cover the entire field and find bottlenecks. So for my challenge I need around 10,000 experts. Keep in mind that this number may change along the way, but not by much.

Why did I include "marketing and entrepreneurship"? The core value here is data that is created by users, which is then used to help "teach" algorithms. So you need to not only create a great algorithm but you also need to attract a whole lot of users (so you need to have marketing skills) that will generate enough data for your product. This is the data you'll then use to improve your algorithm and your end product overall. But in order to actually go through with all of this you need to acquire the resources and know how to use them. That's where entrepreneurs come in. They know how to find those resources fast and how to use them.
What niches will affect technological progress? We can start with the biggest ones:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Robotics
  • The blockchain
  • Quantum computing
  • Cyber security
  • Marketing and entrepreneurship

Each of these categories are quite broad and require different fields of knowledge. Cursory calculations (a brief Google search on how many subcategories each field has) reveal that approximately 1,500 experts in each category will be enough to cover the entire field and find bottlenecks. So for my challenge I need around 10,000 experts. Keep in mind that this number may change along the way, but not by much.

Why did I include "marketing and entrepreneurship"? The core value here is data that is created by users, which is then used to help "teach" algorithms. So you need to not only create a great algorithm but you also need to attract a whole lot of users (so you need to have marketing skills) that will generate enough data for your product. This is the data you'll then use to improve your algorithm and your end product overall. But in order to actually go through with all of this you need to acquire the resources and know how to use them. That's where entrepreneurs come in. They know how to find those resources fast and how to use them.
What questions am I going to ask?
The idea is pretty simple: I want to ask experts about the shortcomings and issues that they are currently struggling with in their field. Because issues are always opportunities in disguise, by solving them we come one step closer to achieving singularity.

In order to get different perspectives on the topic, I will interview five experts (at the very least) for each question, so there will be around 2,000 unique questions. During our journey together, I will share and update a public spreadsheet with all the questions and links to the answers. If you want to participate, simply subscribe below to the newsletter and send your ideas to the provided email.
The idea is pretty simple: I want to ask experts about the shortcomings and issues that they are currently struggling with in their field. Because issues are always opportunities in disguise, by solving them we come one step closer to achieving singularity.

In order to get different perspectives on the topic, I will interview five experts (at the very least) for each question, so there will be around 2,000 unique questions. During our journey together, I will share and update a public spreadsheet with all the questions and links to the answers. If you want to participate, simply subscribe below to the newsletter and send your ideas to the provided email.
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