Transcendent Man

We’ve been talking a lot about the future lately… In all of our previous posts we talked about how microwave technology and automation are going to affect our lives. When we’re discussing these subjects we always try to estimate how long it’s going to take before we see any of these changes in our own lives… Most of the time our estimations are that they will still take a long time.

But what if they didn’t? In 2005, Ray Kurzweil wrote a book with his predictions about the future of technology: “The singularity is near”. In 2009, they made a documentary about Ray and his predictions.

For more than three decades, inventor, futures, and New York Times best-selling author Ray Kurzweil has been one of the most respected and provocative advocates of the role of technology in our future. In Transcendent Man, Ptolemy follows Kurzweil around the globe as he presents the daring arguments from his best-selling book, The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology.

Kurzweil predicts that with the ever-accelerating rate of technological change, humanity is fast approaching an era in which our intelligence will become increasingly non-biological and millions of times more powerful.This will be the dawning of a new civilization enabling us to transcend our biological limitations. In Kurzweil’s post-biological world, boundaries blur between human and machine, real and virtual. Human aging and illness are reversed, world hunger and poverty are solved, and we cure death. Ptolemy explores the social and philosophical implications of these changes and the potential threats they pose to human civilization in dialogues with world leader Colin Powell; technologists Hugo deGaris, Peter Diamandis, Kevin Warwick, and Dean Kamen; journalist Kevin Kelly; actor William Shatner; and musician Stevie Wonder. Kurzweil maintains a radically optimistic view of the future, while acknowledging new dangers.

I found it really interesting to watch this documentary and got an idea about how our future might actually look.

I hope it inspires you!


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