The compelling feature-length documentary film, by director Barry Ptolemy, chronicles the life and controversial ideas of luminary Ray Kurzweil. 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. Award-winning American composer Philip Glass contributes original theme music that mirrors the depth and intensity of the film.
Hugo deGaris, Professor of Mathematics and ComputerScience, Xiamen University
Peter Diamandis, Chairman, X-Prize Foundation
Neil Gershenfeld, Director, Center for Bits and Atoms, MIT University
Ben Goertzel, Inter-Disciplinary Scientist, Artificial Intelligence
William Hurlbut, Professor of Neuroscience, Stanford University
Dean Kamen, Inventor
Kevin Kelly, Co-Founder, Wired Magazine
Aaron Kleiner, Vice-Chairman, Kurzweil Technologies
Ray Kurzweil, Inventor
Sonya Kurzweil, Spouse
Hannah Kurzweil, Mother
Robert Metcalfe, Co-Inventor, Ethernet
Chuck Missler, Koinonia Institute / Technologist
Colin Powell, Former Secretary of State, United States
Steve Rabinowitz, College Friend
Philip Rosedale, Creator, Second Life
William Shatner, Actor
Kevin Warwick, Professor of Cybernetics, University of Reading
Stevie Wonder, Musician