There is an article today in Yahoo! News speculating on: “Is Einstein the Last Great Genius?” The Yahoo! article quotes from its Live Science source an earlier article that asks: “Will there Ever be another Einstein?” The conclusion to the Live Science article is quoted below in this post; what it says is quickly becoming outdated.
The speculation in these articles about the emergence of genius misses a HUGE factor. In his book Jump Point, Tom Hayes explains (page 11) that by 2015 five billion people will have their own Web-enabled devices. Almost every adolescent on earth — thus virtually every potential Einstein — will have access to what is known and a way to publish his or her ideas.
Maybe by 2030 we will have dozens of Einsteins — by tapping the entire world population instead of only (more…)