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Transcendent Man explores the theories of inventor, futurist, and best-selling author Ray Kurzweil (The Singularity is Near), who predicts that in the not-so-distant future, the science fiction behind The Terminator, Blade Runner, Total Recall, The Matrix, and I Robot will become science fact. The film follows Kurzweil as he journeys the world sharing his mind-bending vision of a future in which we merge with our computers, can live forever, and are a billion times more intelligent—all within the next twenty years!
"'Transcendent Man' affords us a telescopic view of a world just over the horizon that we can't afford to ignore." -- The Global Post
"An evocative film that brings to light Kurzweil's amazing vision of the future." -- Business Wire
"Fascinating...well-made, insightful..." -- Andrew Barker, Variety
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Basically it went from the possibility of improving man then machine then eventually building the ultimate man/machine as in the film "Over Sexed Rugsuckers from Mars" (1989).
I did like looking at the old-time computers and bygone personalities.
Thanks for the insight Ray! Wow
Truly astonishing. People think I'm going insane or psychotic when I tell them what I'm guaranteed will happen in the near future lol
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The documentary begins with a fascinating introduction to its subject and his many revolutionary contributions. It's hard not to be caught up in the man's brilliance, impressed by his creations, and intrigued by his vision for man's evolution. As a biography, "Transcendent Man" works tremendously well. But as the movie progresses, it becomes clear that Kurzweil is abundantly obsessed with two concepts--achieving immortality through science and reviving his long dead father by computer programming and artificial intelligence. The second half of the picture evolves into science fiction. There is something both disturbing and touching seeing him contemplate rebuilding his father through old journal entries and documentation.
The final argument of the film is about the nature of man's future. Many other scientists participate in the discussion of the social and philosophical implications of Kurzweil's suppositions. While everyone agrees that technology has a large role to play, there are questions about the timeframe and the depth of that involvement. And while Kurzweil sees only the positive aspects of this hybrid society and allowing technology to take over--many others posit that there are just as many risks. The film really becomes a theoretical debate, which while interesting, seems disconnected from the start of the documentary. A definite and easy recommendation for the subject alone--the film didn't always seem to have narrative cohesion. But regardless of film structure, there is much to digest from the man and the movie. KGHarris, 5/11.
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Forty minutes of interesting material.
Twenty minutes of head-shaking, controversial-for-controversy's sake speculation.
Ten minutes of "WTF!?"