Ray Kurzweil’s Singularity Movie Crashes A Computer

A funny thing happened when they tried to screen The Singularity is Near. After the lights went down, a computer crash prevented the movie from starting! “Ray Kurzweil got back on stage…and good-naturedly reassured us that the technology was getting better. A couple of minutes later, the movie started…”

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The new documentary is a clear rendition of the ideas in Kurzweil’s book, including nanotechnology and artificial intelligence, “with Bill McKibben in the role of the friendly flat out opponent, Bill Joy playing the reasonable but worried man, and Mitch Kapor doubting the technological possibilities… K. Eric Drexler, MIT roboticist Cynthia Breazeal, desktop manufacturing guru Neil Gershenfeld and many many more are woven in to support the idea – and the more hopeful potentials – of accelerating change leading to radical alterations in life (itself).”

The movie includes a second fictional narrative showing the future, “and – one of them, at least – is rather affecting.” And there’s also allusions to Fringe, The Matrix, and “lots of very groovy, trippy, and playful graphics.”

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  • blueskyhunter

    Will I be able to afford singularity?

    • 5by5

      No. Therein lies a big problem with Ray's little vision. Digital/economic gappage. Or gappitude.

      I think he's a genius, but I tend to fall into the Bill Joy camp myself, so I can't resist the snark when it comes to Kurzweil.

  • Anonymous

    No. Therein lies a big problem with Ray’s little vision. Digital/economic gappage. Or gappitude.

    I think he’s a genius, but I tend to fall into the Bill Joy camp myself, so I can’t resist the snark when it comes to Kurzweil.

  • northernlightspi

    When is the film going to be out on DVD?

  • northernlightspi

    When is the film going to be out on DVD?