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The Singularity

Trailer for the documentary film The Singularity by Doug Wolenswww.thesingularityfilm.com

 

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"The Singularity is defined as the point in time when computer intelligence exceeds human intelligence. This notion of superhuman machines has long served as fodder for tales of science fiction. Yet most scientific leaders argue that these changes are inevitable, based on the accelerating rate of technological progress.

While we cannot be certain of what our future brings, it is nonetheless import...ant to understand the great strides being made in fields such as nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, and molecular biology, and how these technologies will radically alter the way we live. Inevitably, the question arises: what kind of humans do we want to become?

Director Doug Wolens speaks with leading futurists, computer scientists, artificial intelligence experts, and philosophers who turn over the question like a Rubik’s Cube. Those who insist this paradigm shift is only decades away emphasize that we’re on the cusp of creating nanotech machines that patrol our bloodstream and repair cellular damage, athletes with jacked-up genetic code who sprint like gazelles, an Internet that downloads directly to the mind, and medical labs with computer-replicated brains working by the thousands to cure disease.

Ultimately, if we become more machine-like, and machines more like us, will we sacrifice our humanity to gain something greater? Or will we engineer our own demise? Even if the answers are impossible to know, THE SINGULARITY makes clear that we cannot postpone addressing the questions."

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Electrovista's curator insight, January 31, 2014 7:21 PM

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"What kind of humans do we want to become?"

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I's - A feature film set on the threshold of infinity

Support this project on Kickstarter! --> Set in the near future, “I’s” is a small story of humanity on the precipice of an unimaginable transformation in our civilization. - The story takes place over the last five days of our civilization as we know it, leading up to the Singularity - an utterly unknowable future in which there may be no place for us at all. We follow bike messenger Mason Turk as he faces the few final days of humanity's journey, and his choice between finding solace in the present or racing to reforge the only connection that has ever truly mattered to him.

The film moves from the urban streets of San Francisco through suburbia all the way to a pastoral community farm - and then pulls us back to the heart of the city. Along the way, it explores what it means when humans - the toolmakers - have invented our greatest tool: the device that can out-invent us.


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