★★★: Informative & Interesting
Inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil is the subject of this documentary that follows him on a world speaking tour in which he expounds on his ideas about the merging of man and machine, which he predicts will occur in the not-so-distant future. Here he raises eyebrows with his wildly optimistic views of a technology-enhanced future.
This is a poorly put together documentary predicting an “iRobot” type theme for the future, which will hold your attention regardless of its chaotic editing.
Kurzweil’s points and opinions around the advancing speed of technology seem to be correct, but you have to wonder how long can it continue to accelerate. When it reaches the point of advancing the human perceptive, I feel there will be a change in the rate technology progresses, or a complete evolving of something new. Perhaps Ray Kurzweil is correct in his predictions of the creation of Artificial Intelligence, but at that point in time I think we will have a small speed bump. The domination of A.I. over the world in twenty years doesn’t seem very logical. People have been predicting these sort of events since the 1960's. Maybe Ray's own intelligence and ego have gotten the best of him. Although this is a wonderful jumping off point in understanding the ideas behind technical advancements and their capabilities. The film isn’t potent or concise enough to really give us the full picture of Singularity.