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Steven Kotler Author, journalist and researcher Steven Kotler says flow is the key to unprecedented productivity, creativity and innovation.

SAN DIEGO—Similar to runner’s high, being in the zone or being in the pocket, flow is a state of rapt attention and total absorption that can raise productivity 500%, author Steven Kotler told attendees at PCBC here Thursday. The keynote speaker, a former journalist who has spent four years investigating the leading edges of harnessing rare and controversial states of consciousness to solve critical challenges that can help individuals and organizations outperform the competition, has also written the New York Times best-selling book Stealing Fire, a provocative examination of what’s actually possible; a guidebook for anyone who wants to upgrade their life radically. He is the co-founder and director of research for the Flow Genome Project.

Kotler spoke of technology as advancing along an exponential growth curve, saying that seven years from now, laptops will have the same computing capacity as the human brain. Biotech is doubling in power every four months, and today, 50% of the human body is replaceable by bionics. 3D printing is also advancing quickly, and through it, we have the ability to build a five-story apartment building in an afternoon. Artificial intelligence is growing by leaps and bounds, and we will eventually have a diagnostic supercomputer in the cloud. “AI can now identify construction problems months before they occur.”

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Carrie Rossenfeld

Carrie Rossenfeld is a reporter for the San Diego and Orange County markets on GlobeSt.com and a contributor to Real Estate Forum. She was a trade-magazine and newsletter editor in New York City before moving to Southern California to become a freelance writer and editor for magazines, books and websites. Rossenfeld has written extensively on topics including commercial real estate, running a medical practice, intellectual-property licensing and giftware. She has edited books about profiting from real estate and has ghostwritten a book about starting a home-based business.

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