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Screening details: Transcendent Man will screen at Melbourne’s historic Cinema Nova in Carlton on August 19th, 2011, at 7:00 pm. The screening will feature a special videoed address to Australia by Ray Kurzweil and Barry Ptolemy and post-screening Q&A with film contributors Ben Goertzel & Hugo de Garis. This is an event not to be missed!
Tickets will be on sale from Cinema Nova (this is a separate ticketed event from the Singularity Summit).
Transcendent Man, the critically acclaimed documentary by director Barry Ptolemy, explores the life and ideas of renowned futurist Ray Kurzweil. The film follows Kurzweil as he travels the world, sharing his incredible vision of a future in which we merge with machines and vastly extend human longevity and intelligence — all within the next 30 years.
In this documentary inventor, futurist and author Ray Kurzweil speaks about his predictions about the future of technology in his 2005 book, The Singularity is Near. In the film, Ptolemy follows Kurzweil around the world as he discusses his thoughts on the technological singularity, a proposed advancement that will occur sometime in the 21st century when progress in genetics, nanotechnology, and robotics will result in the creation of a human-machine civilization.
The following Saturday and Sunday, Aug 20-21st will be the Singularity Summit, where Ben Goertzel, Hugo de Garis, and others such as Lawrence Krauss and David Chalmers and Steve Omohundro will be presenting and sitting on panels.