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Paul Saffo

Paul Saffo

Forecaster for Large-Scale Technology Change,

Paul is a Silicon Valley-based forecaster who studies the dynamics of large-scale, long-term technological change.  He teaches at Stanford where he is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Engineering and is Chair of Future Studies at Singularity University.  Paul is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, and a Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. Paul holds degrees from Harvard College, Cambridge University, and Stanford University.

His presentation will be "Chasing Fire: a glimpse into our accelerating future." 

May you live in exponential times.  This is the 21st century version of the oft-told proverb about the blessing (and curse) of living in interesting times. Moore’s law is at the heart of this shift, but as the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has dramatically demonstrated, it is merely the most visible of multiplying exponentials in myriad fields from computer science to life science and beyond.  The combined effect is a "hyper-exponential moment" in which the gap between accelerating technologies and slower-moving cultural and institutional adaptation has become the single greatest challenge facing us today.   But this gap can be closed and SEMI's members should be in the lead.