Ray Kurzweil Documentary Transcendent Man Trailer

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When it comes to the most brilliant minds in the scientific world, there’s a very fine line between being a genius and being a crazy person. Ray Kurzweil is a guy who has been walking that line for years, continuing to attract followers and critics on both sides while he preaches about what he feels are inevitable breakthroughs in artificial intelligence and technological evolution. When I read his book The Age of Spiritual Machines, I found it so appealing to buy into his amazing predictions, but the fact remains that most of them are still unproven. What’s more, with all his talk about merging man and machine, a lot of people are starting to feel that he is spouting some new age mysticism rather than true science. Still, his own accomplishments as an inventor speak for themselves.

Needless to say, I’m very intrigued to see Robert Barry Ptolemy’s documentary Transcendent Man, which premiered at Tribeca just last week. I can only hope that it provides a balanced look at Kurzweil’s theories, and avoids getting into the questionable territory of pseudo-science that films like What The Bleep Do We Know? do. I’d love to be convinced that everything he says is possible is actually possible, and I’d also love to have it explained in relatively basic terms. On the other hand, I’m still not quite sure about his quest to resurrect his late father using A.I. and nanobots. Check out the trailer below… for more info on upcoming festival screenings, visit the official website.

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