I bought and studied (and still am) Ray Kurzweil’s books 'The Age of the Spiritual Machine' and 'The Singularity is Near,' as soon as they went on the shelf.
Ray's ‘Singularity’ thesis is arguably the 'Thesis-of-Thesis.' Claiming, with tons of empirical evidence, that ‘Man-Machine’ intelligence and physicality is combing as one; ultimately emerging a revolutionary new reality.
For the novas - as in first time reader/first time encounter - the thesis sounds very much like science fiction, some even say that Ray is even toying with us.
But the facts remain.
Is the ‘Price-Performance’ of computers, in fact all electronic gadgets, improving exponentially? Are synthetic implants now common place in the human body (inter/intra brain aural systems, bionic-ocular implants, mico-valvic-pump heart implants, electromechanical knee and hip joints, regenerated ‘cloned’ teeth, artificial hearts, mind controlled artificial hands, mind controlled wheel chairs, etc, etc).
But Ray says it is more than even this.
It is the whole that is interconnecting – Hyperinnovating – in fundamentally profound and revolutionary ways.
The books are great. But I can’t wait for the flick that’s about to come out: ‘The Singularity is Near.’
‘End of the concept of death,’ any one?
From the movie promo website:
'The onset of the 21st Century will be an era in which the very nature of what it means to be human will be both enriched and challenged as our species breaks the shackles of its genetic legacy and achieves inconceivable heights of intelligence, material progress, and longevity.
While the social and philosophical ramifications of these changes will be profound, and the threats they pose considerable, celebrated futurist Ray Kurzweil presents a view of the coming age that is both a dramatic culmination of centuries of technological ingenuity and a genuinely inspiring vision of our ultimate destiny.
The Singularity is Near, A True Story about the Future, based on Ray Kurzweil’s New York Times bestseller, intertwines a fast-paced A-line documentary with a B-line narrative story.
The A-line documentary features Ray Kurzweil interacting with a panoply of thinkers on the impact of exponentially expanding technologies on the nature of human life in the next half century. These ideas are illustrated with cutting-edge graphics and special effects.
The intertwined B-line is a Pinocchio story of Ramona (played by Pauley Perrette), a superhero avatar created by Ray. As the adventure unfolds, Ramona becomes more and more independent, hires Alan Dershowitz (who plays himself) to press for her legal rights, and is coached by Tony Robbins (who also plays himself) to discover the true meaning of what it means it be human.'
Click here to see Movie trailer.
Click for Singularity type music (The Robots).