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Transcendent Man: The Life & Ideas of Ray Kurzweil

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Comment by William Warren IV on June 2, 2011 at 12:43pm

Singularity.

 

I have an array of thoughts on this subject and this very captivating documentary.

 

Singularity is a single fixed point to where the future is so rapid that we won’t be able to keep unless we adapt to those changes.

 

When we compare technology from 1965, we see the first computer. Running DOS and costing millions of dollars and took up an entire office building. In 2005, we have the introduction of pocket computers. What’s the difference in the last 40 years?

 

A lot. Since these technologies were developed over a period time, and a relatively short time at that, they have become 1,000 times more powerful; upgraded memory and graphic units using graphical interface to run dozens of applications at once; and as well have decreased in value as much as 1,000,000 times, meaning more people can use this technology for a little price, and it is more functional than before.

 

And even in this short period of time from 2005 to 2011, our world has progressed from pocket computers, to total touch tablature, exploring just about anything with just the swipe of a finger.

So what does all this mean? Our world is exceptionally growing.

 

And that if we compare to what we are producing now and compare it to what we will be producing in the next 40 years. The technology will be the size of a blood cell, but is capable of going into our blood and downloading “virus protection” just a computer, only protecting us from harmful diseases, cancers, and even stop us from aging.

 

In this theory we have GNR, a theory put in place to supplement the exact ‘code’ of DNA. GNR (Genetic Nanotechnology Robotics) calls for this type of technology that we will be able to implement into the human body.

 

All of these topics go into how evolution shaped spiritual processes. How in the last 1,000 years, life expectancy has changed from 25 to nearly 85 as an average. Also how the versions of ourselves, have evolutionized our neuro-science , and the next versions change into better and better beings with more and more technology. Also it goes into AI (artificial intelligence) technology, making so we could bring back those who have passed but have such a ‘library’ of information on that person, that we could have them live infinitely.

 

But one question I have brought myself to ask is that, can evolution be a spiritual process? Or is this really a step in the fall of humanity.

 

Are we going to start our own Artilect War that will wipe out humanity, which the sub-consciousness of a computer will someday rule? That we ourselves will be programmed to wipe out our own genetics.

 

Truly I would use the ‘GN’ in GNR, taking myself to a certain level for me to live for a wise amount of time. In order to become a man without diseases as well as progress with technology. The ‘R’ is just inhuman.

 

Bringing back the dead in a conscious state, of a computer. Personally I believe that being able to properly be able to accept death and lose and pain is just a part of life. Acceptance is just a very hard part of life; it’s just something we have to face.

Comment by Eric Hirst on June 2, 2011 at 12:15pm
I thought that Kurzweil has a good motive to help people live longer and healthier lives, but i don't agree with living forever. I beleive that people are to live a short period of time to experience things and become prepared for death, because in my opnion death is the only great adventure. I thought that Mr. Kurweil has a pretty good idea of what technology will look like in the next 25 years, but no one really knows for sure. I will that Mr. Kurweil is afraid of death and the loss of lovedd ones. I like that he created a device that can read to the blind and created prosthetice limbs.
Comment by Merrick Lee Luellen on June 2, 2011 at 12:07pm

I thought it was a great video to show how life would be and where it is because of people and the things that they make. What I thought was really cool is that Ray made a device for the blind that takes pictures and reads them what the picture was. The first part of it was a camera base product that would fit in your pocket and the second one was smaller than the other one and would fit in your coat pocket that looked like a cell phone. It was kind of weird that when his father died he said he would bring him back but some of the stuff seems believable enough that I would agree, like the things about technology getting smaller is correct and to me I think that yes we would end up make AI's smarter, faster, and stronger then the human race allowing them to overlap and control but it has some good abilities that makes it so much better reason to make the thing happen, so I would have to say that I have a agreeing and disagreeing effect on this topic but so far it leans towards the yes we should because we would be able to do so much more in the future.

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