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Transcendent Man (2009)

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Ray Kurzweil is on a journey to bring his ideas to the world.
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Credited cast:
Tom Abate Tom Abate ... Himself
Hugo De Garis Hugo De Garis ... Himself
Peter Diamandis ... Himself
Neil Gershenfeld Neil Gershenfeld ... Himself
Ben Goertzel Ben Goertzel ... Himself
William Hurlbut William Hurlbut ... Himself
Dean Kamen Dean Kamen ... Himself
Kevin Kelly Kevin Kelly ... Himself
Aaron Kleiner Aaron Kleiner ... Himself
Raymond Kurzweil ... Himself
Sonya Kurzweil Sonya Kurzweil ... Herself
Robert Metcalfe Robert Metcalfe ... Himself
Chuck Missler Chuck Missler ... Himself
Colin Powell ... Himself
Philip Rosedale Philip Rosedale ... Himself


TRANSCENDENT MAN chronicles 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. Ray predicts this will be the dawning of a new civilization in which we will no longer be dependent on our physical bodies, we will be trillions of times more intelligent and there will be no clear distinction between human and machine, real reality and virtual reality. Human aging and illness will be reversed; world hunger and poverty will be solved and we will ultimately cure death. Critics accuse Ray of being too optimistic and argue that the dangers of the Singularity far outweigh the benefits, pointing out the apocalyptic implications that once machines achieve consciousness, we may not be able to control them. Whether Rays controversial ideas incite excitement or fear, dogma or disbelief this ... Written by Felicia Ptolemy and Celia Black

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Kurzweil means well but...
26 April 2019 | by mcspaddengarySee all my reviews

Kurzweil did not seem to me to be doing a good job of bridging the gap between current technology and his predictions. It is one thing to predict that technology will continue to advance and another thing entirely to try and guess where that advancement will end up. I'm sure you've heard this before but there are two types of people in the world. Those who can't predict the future and those who don't know they can't predict the future. I do not think that the current acceleration in technology can continue as "business as usual". I also believe we lost control of this acceleration a long time ago. The abbreviation WTSHTF (when the crap hits the fan) has become common on YouTube and for good reason. My prediction is that whatever happens will be a complete surprise.

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