Transcendent Man: The Life and Ideas of Ray Kurzweil
Impressions of the opening of Open Codes
Film screening as part of the Open Codes exhibition
Thu, February 22, 2018 7 pm CET, Film Screening

On February 22, 2018, ZKM presents the 2009 documentary film »Transcendent Man« by American filmmaker Barry Ptolemy about inventor, futurist and author Ray Kurzweil and his predictions about the future of technology in his 2005 book, »The Singularity is Near«.

The singularity documentary that chronicles the life and ideas of Ray Kurzweil, the inventor and futurist known for his bold vision of the Singularity, a point in the near future when technology will be changing so rapidly, that we will have to enhance ourselves with artificial intelligence to keep up. Ray predicts this will be the dawning of a new civilization in which we will no longer be dependent on our physical bodies, we will be billions of times more intelligent and there will be no clear distinction between human and machine, real reality and virtual reality. Human aging and illness will be reversed; world hunger and poverty will be solved and we will ultimately cure death. Critics accuse Ray of being too optimistic and argue that the dangers of the Singularity far outweigh the benefits, pointing out the apocalyptic implications that once machines achieve consciousness, we may not be able to control them.


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ZKM | Karlsruhe

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