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Transcendent Man

Andreas Spahn
Filmhuis de Zwarte Doos
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 USA, 86 min, directed by Robert Barry Ptolemy (2009)

Documentary with review from Andreas Spahn

Transcendent Man follows Ray Kurzweil around the globe as he presents the daring arguments from his best-selling book, The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology (translated in Dutch, 2011).
Kurzweil predicts that with the ever-accelerating rate of technological change, humanity is fast approaching an era in which our intelligence will become increasingly non-biological and millions of times more powerful. This will be the dawning of a new civilization enabling us to transcend our biological limitations. In Kurzweil's post-biological world, boundaries blur between human and machine, real and virtual. Human aging and illness are reversed, world hunger and poverty are solved, and we cure death.
The documentary explores the social and philosophical implications of these changes and the potential threats they pose to human civilization in dialogues with world leaders.

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