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The Singularity is Near: the Movie

David Cassel brings our attention to an h+ review of the long-awaited film The Singularity is Near, based on the book by Ray Kurzweil:

In documentary style, we have Ray discussing his ideas about the Singularity, with commentators variously supporting or refuting or worrying about his ideas. 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 — they are all worked into the weave to (at least) let us know that not everybody believes that a) The Singularity is Coming and b) It’s going to work out well. 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 value added here for those h+ types already familiar with this discourse includes the clarity and concise expression of the ideas presented in Ray’s doorstopper sized book, and lots of very groovy, trippy, and playful graphics (including an apparent parody of the opening of Fringe.)

The reviewer says “it’s awesome!” so we look forward to seeing it when it’s more widely available.  —Chris Peterson

3 Responses to “The Singularity is Near: the Movie”

  1. James Gentile Says:

    I’ve been waiting for this movie for years. There are so many futuristic sci-fi movies and none of them seem realistic, some have nanobots but they are not used for much or widespread, which goes against the whole idea of nanobots. None of them have all the people with eternal lives from nanorobots and AI, on eternal retirement, which seems most likely. But I guess that would be a boring movie, but without movies like this the people have no idea what’s coming because they are not going to read books like TSIN and understand them properly. So the TSIN movie is a good thing, but it’s not enough and it’s not the right type (blockbuster type).

  2. Andrew Weiszmann Says:

    Its high time that this movie came out because we have to recognize just how fast the future is rushing in on us. Technology and its use have been accelerating at an exponential rate and we have to learn to cope with that reality. Technology that we currently dont recognize will spring up in a few short years. New technologies like the computer and the internet will change our lives and the world.

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