Film #345: TRANSCENDENT MAN: THE LIFE AND IDEAS OF RAY KURZWEIL
Transcendent Man: The Life and Ideas of Ray Kurzweil
3.5 out of 5 stars
In every person’s life, there is an event which defines them. For Ray Kurtzweil, that event was the death of his father. Since that day, Ray’s vast imagination and intelligence has been directed at the transcendence of Death. His theory (called The Singularity) proposes that a time is coming when Man and Technology will be as one, personal intellect and personal computing will meld (if you will). Many look toward that day with hope. Many others… with fear. This documentary is a well-made, level-headed presentation of Kurtzweil, his theories (and their detractors), and his views on Life and the future. The most obvious thing that one takes away from this film is that, while Ray is an undeniably brilliant man, his “father issues” and his feelings of loss have - in a very real way - directed his life’s course and the course of his investigations. He truly believes that Man and Machine will one day be one. He believes it so completely that he says it will happen in 40 or so years. Many people - some featured in this documentary - believe that is optimistic, at best. Still, it makes for a very interesting and spirited debate. TRANSCENDENT MAN is worth looking at because it makes the viewer at least consider these concepts. Fascinating, well-made, and thought-provoking… what more do you want from a documentary?