Transcendent Man

Transcendent Man is a 2009 documentary film 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 . In the film, Ptolemy follows Kurzweil around his world as he Discusses His thoughts on the technological singularity , has Proposed advancement That will Occur sometime in the 21st century When progress in artificial intelligence , genetics , nanotechnology , and robotics will result in the establishment of a human-machine civilization.

William Morris Endeavor distributed the film partnership with Ptolemaic Productions and Therapy Studios, using an original model involving a nationwide screening tour of the film (featuring Q & A sessions with Ptolemy and Kurzweil), as well as separate digital and DVD releases. The film was also released on iTunes and On-Demand on March 1, 2011, and on DVD on May 24, 2011. [1]

The movie debuted for the public first screening at the Time-Life Building in New York City on February 3, 2011. La même week, Time ran the Singularity cover story by Lev Grossman , with coverage about Kurzweil’s ideas and the concepts Citing Transcendent Man . Kurzweil toured the movie, appearing on Fox News Channel , CNN , MSNBC , Bloomberg News , and Charlie Rose . Additionally, Kurzweil went on to discuss the movie on The Colbert Report , Jimmy Kimmel Live! , and Real Time with Bill Maher .


Raymond Kurzweil, noted inventor and futurist, is a man who refuses to accept the inevitability of physical death. He proposed que la Law of Accelerating Returns -the exponential Increase in the growth of information technology-will result in a “singularity”, has developed and will merge Where humanoid machines Allowing one to transcend biological mortality : advances in genetics will Provide the knowledge to reprogram biology, eliminate disease and stop the aging process; nanotechnology will keep humans safe from the inside using robotic ” red blood cells ” and provide a human-computer interface within the brain; robotics, or artificial intelligence , will make superhuman intelligence possible, including the ability to back up the mind.

Most of the movie has an implication of a religious background, and is applying technology to the position of being god powers, through interdependent connection. Kurzweil has been criticized as being a modern-day prophet, but the film describes a detailed list of his inventions. Ray’s dedication to improving the blind’s quality of life is shown in the climax of the film, with his miniature blind reading tool. Ray speaks of someone who has blouse, or printing out a toaster utilizing nanotechnology . Eventually swarms of our nanotechnology will come into the world, as Kurzweil puts it, “wake up the universe”.

Against this optimistic backdrop of the human and machine evolution , concerns about Kurzweil’s predictions are raised by technology experts, philosophers, and commentators. Physician William B. Hurlbut Warns of tragedy and views Kurzweil’s claims as lacking a more moderate approach necessitated by biological science . AI engineer Ben Goertzel champions the transhumanist vision, but admits the possibility of a dystopian outcome. AI researcher Hugo de Garis warns of a coming “Artilect War”, where god-like artificial intellects and those who want to build them, will fight against those who do not. Kevin Warwick , professor ofCybernetics at University of Reading, advocates the benefits of the singularity, the goal Suggests Terminator scenario Could Occur aussi, Where humans Become subservient to machine and live on a farm, and the singularity is the point Where humans lose control to the smart machines. Warwick basics spells doom for anyone who is human after the singularity. Dean Kamen observes that advances in technology have finally made immortality a reasonable goal. At the end of the movie, Kurzweil states, “If I was asked if god exists, I would not yet.”


  • Tom Abate, Technology Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle .
  • Hugo De Garis , Professor of Computer Science and Mathematical Physics, Xiamen University .
  • Peter Diamandis , Chairman, X Prize Foundation .
  • Neil Gershenfeld , Director, Center for Bits and Atoms , MIT .
  • Ben Goertzel , Artificial Intelligence Engineer.
  • William Hurlbut , Consulting Professor in the Neuroscience Institute at Stanford University .
  • Kevin Kelly , Co-founder, Wired .
  • Aaron Kleiner, Kurzweil Technologies
  • Hannah Kurzweil, mother of Ray Kurzweil
  • Ray Kurzweil
  • Sonya R. Kurzweil, wife of Ray Kurzweil
  • Robert Metcalfe , co-inventor of Ethernet , founder of 3Com
  • Chuck Missler , Technologist / Koinonia Institute
  • Colin Powell , retired four-star General in the United States Army.
  • Steve Rabinowitz, college friend from MIT.
  • Philip Rosedale , Creator of Second Life
  • William Shatner
  • Kevin Warwick , Professor of Cybernetics, University of Reading .
  • Stevie Wonder


American composer Philip Glass scored the original soundtrack for the film. In addition to the Transcendent Man score, from Glass’s collection was included in the soundtrack.

  • “A Brief History of Time”
  • “Koyaanisqatsi”
  • “Kyoko’s House” (from Mishima)
  • “Religion” (from Naqoyqatsi )
  • “” Satyagraha Act III “(Conclusion)
  • “Symphony No. 3”
  • “The Thin Blue Line”
  • “Tirol Concerto for Piano and Orchestra”


The Transcendent Man tour visited five major cities in the US, as well as London. These screenings featured question and answer sessions with Barry Ptolemy director and Ray Kurzweil following the movie, as well as VIP receptions. [2] [ non-primary source needed ]

Ptolemaic Productions and Therapy Studios have been pursuing an alternative distribution strategy for Transcendent Man , going through the Global and Music Department’s William Morris Endeavor to Partner with iTunes and Media-on-Demand for a March 1, 2011 digital release and with New Media for a May 24, 2011 DVD release. [1] Marketing made use of social media and emerging technologies like QR codes to appeal to a tech-savvy audience. quote needed ]


Film festivals

  • April 28, 2009 – Tribeca Film Festival , World Documentary Feature Competition. [3]
  • November 5, 2009 – American Film Film Festival Institute , Los Angeles. quote needed ]
  • November 24, 2009 – Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival ( IDFA ), Amsterdam, Netherlands, screened in competition. quote needed ]
  • March 2010 – Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival . [4]


One common criticism of Kurzweil’s final prediction is that it does not consider that new technologies are never universally and immediately adopted by the laws of economics. Start-up costs and economies of scale mean that transhumanist technology would be prohibitively expensive for most people. This would be the wealthy , first transcendental transcendental above the fortunate. One response to this criticism uses the technology of the automobile as an example. Even though a rich person might drive an expensive Rolls-Royce, cheaper alternatives are available that perform the same task. In other words, their function is virtually identical. One important element of Kurzweil’s singularity is that the cost will come down to virtually nothing. [5]

Kurzweil readily defends AI as being controllable against malicious behavior, which it accepts is a definite threat. He never, on the other hand, confronts the dangers of AI fusing with the first humans. [4] dead link ]


  1. ^ Jump up to:b Stewart, A. (January 11, 2011). Futurist Kurzweil goes worldwide with ‘Man’ . Variety . Retrieved September 10, 2011.
  2. Jump up^ Transcend Man Movie Screening Live with Ray Kurzweil
  3. Jump up^ Lyons, D. (May 16, 2009). I, Robot. Newsweek ; Terranova, G. (2009). Transcendent Man. Tribeca Film Festival.
  4. ^ Jump up to:b Robards, B. (March 11, 2010). Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival this weekend . The Martha’s Vineyard Times .
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