In his non-fiction bestselling The Singularity Is Near, Kurzweil posits that human technological advancement is moving forward at such an exponential rate that the human experience will soon be incomprehensible to those living today.
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so much brilliance, vision and creativity.....came to absolute nothing in this documentary. read kurzweil's earlier works instead, or better still - see him live. after that, get acquainted with the thoughts of ben goertzel and eliezer s. yudkowsky.
Kurzweil is an emotionally driven man with father issues who completely disregards his emotional side; a genius who neglects the basic pleasures of the human experience; a visionary who isn't touch with humanity. In other words, he's a cautionary tale waiting to happen. Transcendent Man is both a fascinating look at the future ahead, and an ironic example of how fast tech evolves.
The film seems to be in synch with Kurzweil's voice and with his speech's pace and tone: slow and self-contemplating, lacking enthusiasm and verve. Like Kurzweil, the documentary seems to be in a blissful mood. Which makes it dull and hard to watch until the end, which I did. Even the detractors of Kurzweil worldview and tech-utopia seemed mostly chilled out and hardly scratched the smoothness of this gentle work.
This movie is going to play at AFI on Thursday, November 5th at the Chinese Mann 6 in Hollywood. I saw it at Tribeca and it is in a word one of the most amazing experiences of my life. (well that's more than a word but you get my drift)