The Singularity is NearHD Closed Captioning
Ray Kurzweil, Anthony Waller & Toshi Hoo
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About the Movie
The onset of the 21st Century will be an era in which the very nature of what it means to be human will be both enriched and challenged as our species breaks the shackles of its genetic legacy and achieves inconceivable heights of intelligence, material progress, and longevity. While the social and philosophical ramifications of these changes will be profound, and the threats they pose considerable, celebrated futurist Ray Kurzweil presents a view of the coming age that is both a dramatic culmination of centuries of technological ingenuity and a genuinely inspiring vision of our ultimate destiny. The Singularity is Near, A True Story about the Future, based on Ray Kurzweil’s New York Times bestseller, intertwines a fast-paced A-line documentary with a B-line narrative story. The A-line documentary features Ray Kurzweil interacting with a panoply of thinkers on the impact of exponentially expanding technologies on the nature of human life in the next half century. These ideas are illustrated with cutting-edge graphics and special effects. The intertwined B-line is a Pinocchio story of Ramona (played by Pauley Perrette), a superhero avatar created by Ray. As the adventure unfolds, Ramona becomes more and more independent, hires Alan Dershowitz (who plays himself) to press for her legal rights, and is coached by Tony Robbins (who also plays himself) to discover the true meaning of what it means to be human.
Looks deep into how human are humans?
Aside from proving that the main character, who is a virtual reality, artificially intelligent "being," what I realized is that humans often aren't very "human."
Is a psycho- or sociopath human when they have no feelings? No empathy? They have the right to vote, have children, become politicians, CEOs, ministers, presidents. If a "person" without feelings is considered a person, then why isn't AI that would choose to do things that save others from suffering not be a person? You can't have it both ways.