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SlingShot (2014)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, News | 10 July 2015 (USA)
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SlingShot focuses on noted Segway inventor Dean Kamen and his work to solve the world's water crisis. An eccentric genius with a provocative world view, Kamen is an inspiration for future ... See full summary »

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Paul Lazarus

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Dean Kamen
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SlingShot focuses on noted Segway inventor Dean Kamen and his work to solve the world's water crisis. An eccentric genius with a provocative world view, Kamen is an inspiration for future scientists. His inventions help people in need and ease suffering. SlingShot is about an indomitable man who just might have enough passion and innovative thinking to create a solution for a crisis affecting billions. Kamen lives in a house with secret passages, a closet full of denim and a helicopter garage. His latest passion: the SlingShot water purification system created to obliterate half of human illness on the planet. Kamen reminisces about improving home dialysis technology and choosing to forgo parenthood while lamenting he has only one lifetime for inventing. SlingShot is both an inspirational character study and a look at Kamen's vapor compression distiller from its earliest development through recent trials in rural Ghana and beyond. Written by Anonymous

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The uncredited pundit who says that the Segway failed because, "at $5,000, it's a pretty expensive toy," is Patrick Olsen, Editor-in-Chief of Cars.com. See more »

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Inspiring, and ill-aimed genius
3 January 2016 | by intolerantpluralistSee all my reviews

Slingshot: you will be hearing about this. A genius rational and deterministic innovator who is tackling the world water crisis. On Netflix, worth watching.

Response: He ends hoping for time travel. Granted, it's not H.G. Wells'ian, and I posit that it is also possible now. Think 3d printing and sensory feedback devices - make a "soup" and send it to Mars, print whatever "being" you desire. Heads-up interface with hydraulic suit for controller on Earth, predictive A.I. to deal with communications lag = time/space travel.

More core response: Rationalism discards ~60% of reality. It's an extremely myopic, and widely accepted lens, which is self- limiting to the extreme. I shudder, and wonder aghast, as wonder is reified.


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