Transcendent Man

Transcendent Man

The Life and Ideas of Ray Kurzweil

DVD - 2011
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Transcendent Man explores the theories of inventor, futurist, and best selling author Ray Kurzweil (The Singularity Is Near), who predicts that in the not-so-distant future, the science fiction behind The Terminator; Blade Runner; Total Recall; The Matrix; and I Robot will become science fact. The film follows Kurzweil as he journeys the world sharing his mind-bending vision of a future in which we merge with our computers.
Publisher: [Los Angeles, Calif.] : Ptolemaic Productions, [2011]
Edition: DVD edition Widescreen.
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781422929865
1422929868
Branch Call Number: 612.092 T687
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (83 min.) : sound color ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Life and ideas of Ray Kurzweil

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mikeinkc
Feb 21, 2018

I think Kurzweil's arguments for the Law of Accelerating Returns when applied to technological process are absolutely correct. However I can't say that I believe in all the timelines he predicts. In other words yes the singularity where machine intelligence exceeds human intelligence will be arrived at. But it might take a decade or more longer than Ray predicts due to unknown issues with a machine intelligence reaching consciousness even if the number of neural networks becomes equivalent to human neural connections. Time will tell.

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StarGladiator
Aug 30, 2015

Kurzweil is an idiot! And a very unsophisticated one at that! Predicted the Internet, puuuhhlease! Nikola Tesla predicted the Internet. Predicted the collapse of the Soviet Union? No biggie, I was told the Soviet Union would collapse around 1990 back in 1978 - - by one who knew an attendee at those Bohemian Grove richfests!

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humming
Aug 29, 2015

For me, understanding Kurzweil's prediction was easier to understand watching the DVD than reading his book, The Singularity is Near. Learning about his life accomplishments and prediction is worthwhile whether or not you agree with him. Time will tell...

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Cyborg_Kid
Dec 29, 2011

Ray Kurzweil's interesting vision . As information technology improvements come faster and faster the human species is nearing a time when machine intelligence surpasses our own. After that the future becomes unpredictable, at least to minds like ours.

Ray is a real genius so I think he may be right... but I didn't find this documentary as convincing as it might have been.

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