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Transcendent Man -- A documentary chronicling the life and ideas of Ray Kurzweil, an inventor and futurist that presents his bold vision of the Singularity, a point in the near future when technology will be changing so rapidly, that we will have to enhance ourselves with artificial intelligence to keep up.

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Ray Kurzweil is on a journey to bring his ideas to the world. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

 
Tom Abate ... Himself
Hugo De Garis ... Himself

Peter Diamandis ... Himself
Neil Gershenfeld ... Himself
Ben Goertzel ... Himself
William Hurlbut ... Himself
Dean Kamen ... Himself
Kevin Kelly ... Himself
Aaron Kleiner ... Himself

Raymond Kurzweil ... Himself
Sonya Kurzweil ... Herself
Robert Metcalfe ... Himself
Chuck Missler ... Himself

Colin Powell ... Himself
Philip Rosedale ... Himself

William Shatner ... Himself

Stevie Wonder ... Himself
Kevin Warwick ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Barry Ptolemy 
 
Produced by
Joe Disanto .... executive producer
Drew Dowdle .... executive producer
John Erick Dowdle .... executive producer
Oliver Luckett .... executive producer
Felicia Nainoa .... producer (as Felicia Ptolemy)
Robert Barry Ptolemy .... producer
John Ramsay .... executive producer
Wren Waters .... executive producer
Doobie White .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Philip Glass 
 
Cinematography by
Shawn Dufraine 
 
Film Editing by
Meg Ramsay  (as Meg Decker)
Doobie White 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Don Schechter .... second unit director
 
Sound Department
Russell Johnson .... sound designer
Russell Johnson .... sound re-recording mixer
Doobie White .... sound designer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Trevor Chamberlain .... camera operator
Bruce Petschek .... second unit director of photography
Don Presley .... assistant camera
Dan Shimer .... camera operator
Jason J. Tomaric .... additional director of photography
 
Editorial Department
Amy K. Bostrom .... assistant editor
Omar Inguanzo .... on-line editor
 
Music Department
Trevor Gureckis .... music editor: music preparation
 
Other crew
Celia Black .... publicist
Daryl Blonder .... production assistant
David Bouley .... production assistant
Emma Cameron .... production coordinator: San Diego
Dean R. Cheley .... clearance counsel
Erik Clabeaux .... production assistant
Liz Jones .... second unit production assistant
Sam Nainoa .... production assistant
Seth Peterson .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Tom Davia .... special thanks
Sam Eigen .... special thanks
Ehren Koepf .... special thanks
Brian Sweet .... special thanks
 

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USA:83 min
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Will compete in the World Documentary Feature Competition at the Tribeca Film Festival 2009.See more »

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18 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
Portrait of a Hopeless Optimist, 14 March 2011
Author: TheExpatriate700 from United States

The subject of this documentary, Ray Kurzweil, is an accomplished inventor and futurist whose creations include a reading machine for the blind. The film focuses on Kurzweil's ideas about "The Singularity" an event in which humans will be able to incorporate machines into their bodies, including their brains, and augment their intelligence. Kurzweil sees a great deal of promise in this, including the potential for immortality.

The film provides an interesting portrait of the man and his ideas, but it suffers from a relative lack of questioning of his optimism. Kurzweil has an at times deterministic vision of technological progress that fails to account for human foibles, and the double-edged sword of technology itself.

For example,Kurzweil dismisses the issue of class totally as it applies to who can benefit from technological advancement. Kurzweil argues that the costs of new technology are only prohibitive during its early stages. He points to the fact that his reading machines for the blind have become more affordable. This ignores the fact that even in a wealthy society like the United States, many people cannot afford even basics like health care. The benefits of Kurzweil's techno-utopia are likely to fall on the wealthy alone.

Furthermore, the law of accelerating returns that Kurzweil relies on seems deterministic, and ignores variables such as declining natural resources. At times, his faith in technological progress has an almost religious quality, particularly given the fact that he places so much hope on technology for achieving immortality.

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