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Monday, March 10, 2008

Ray Kurzweil's Movie Set for Late 2008

The movie version of futurist Ray Kurzweil's best-selling book The Singularity is Near (the film's name is the same) will hit the theaters later this year. Billed as "a true story about the future," the full-length motion picture, written by Kurzweil, is part documentary—Kurzweil talks with a number of big thinkers on how technology will affect our future lives—and part the narrative story of Ramona, Kurzweil's female alter ego. According to the plot details that have been released, Ramona "goes into the future, where she becomes more and more humanlike and independent. ... She combats an attack of self-replicating nanobots (gray goo) and hires noted attorney Alan Dershowitz (who plays himself) to press for her legal rights as a 'person.' The judge rules that he will grant her full legal personhood if she passes a 'Turing test,' in which she must appear indistinguishable from an actual human in a text conversation. She gets coaching from Tony Robbins (who plays himself) to become 'more human.' The story continues from here." Preview clips are said to be coming soon. Stay tuned. —Heather Wax


Anonymous said...

I read Fantastic Voyage, The Age of Spiritual Machines and The Singularity is Near, and they changed my life. I even found some of his lectures on Itunes and I find myself impatiently awaiting his next book.

Recently read another incredible book that I can't recommend highly enough, especially to all of you who also love Ray Kurzweil's work. The book is ""My Stroke of Insight"" by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor. I had heard Dr Taylor's talk on the TED dot com site and I have to say, it changed my world. It's spreading virally all over the internet and the book is now a NYTimes Bestseller, so I'm not the only one, but it is the most amazing talk, and the most impactful book I've read in years. (Dr T also was named to Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People and Oprah had her on her Soul Series last month and I hear they're making a movie about her story so you may already have heard of her)
If you haven't heard Dr Taylor's TEDTalk, that's an absolute must. The book is more and deeper and better, but start with the video (it's 18 minutes). Basically, her story is that she was a 37 yr old Harvard brain scientist who had a massive stroke in the left hemisphere of her brain. Because of her knowledge of how the brain works, and thanks to her amazingly loving and kind mother, she eventually fully recovered (and that part of the book detailing how she did it is inspirational).

There's a lot of learning and magic in the book, but the reason I so highly recommend My Stroke of Insight to this discussion, is because we have powerfully intelligent left brains that are rational, logical, sequential and grounded in detail and time, and then we have our kinesthetic right brains, where we experience intuition and peace and euphoria. Now that Kurzweil has got us taking all those vitamins and living our best ""Fantastic Voyage"" , the absolute necessity is that we read My Stroke of Insight and learn from Dr Taylor how to achieve balance between our right and left brains. Enjoy!