Have you ever heard of Ray Kurzweil? Well, I haven’t until I watched the documentary film called “Transcendent Man.” If you have already watched the film then you would know of what he thinks the future would be like in regards to technology. If you haven’t watched the film and don’t know who Ray Kurzweil is, then you are in the right place.
First question is: Who is Ray Kurzweil?
The restless genius, the ultimate thinking machine, the rightful heir to Thomas Edison, he was born on 1948 in Queens, New York. At the age of 12, he had created his own computing device; at age 15, he had started to design computers for recognition patterning.
The film mentions Singularity – a time where change would be so rapid that human-machine civilization would be created through the research of Genetics, Nanotechnology and Robotics; a time when technology can function and complete tasks on its own.
To be honest, I really would not like to be in a world where technology is everywhere and we become so dependent on them that it no longer requires effort to accomplish a task. In the movie, Kurzweil speaks about how he will – in the future – be able to bring back his father to life, in a sense, by creating a clone and projecting his memories of his father into that clone. I understand how it must feel to lose someone close but to try and mess with the cycle of life, I think, is the same as messing with God.