classic film | The Age of Intelligent Machines

November 10, 2015

Dear readers,

From my archives, I wanted to share this classic documentary film and book from the late 1980s, almost 30 years ago. It’s an interesting restrospective of my early visions of the future of computing, along with commentary and insights from many industry experts.

I wrote and produced the film in 1987 to accompany the museum exhibit “Robots and Beyond.” The film became the basis for my 1990 book The Age of Intelligent Machines. It toured nationally across science and technology history museums.

It won several film festival awards, including the Council on International Non-theatrical Events Golden Eagle.

Also showcases vintage footage of my friend Stevie Wonder, who was my musical collaborator in developing the Kurzweil Music Systems synthesizer.

The Age of Intelligent Machines book is also available in full on this website, a link is below. Enjoy the film and book!

— Ray Kurzweil

The documentary film’s original 1987 description

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press series The Age of Intelligent Machines was produced for the science museum exhibition “Robots and Beyond: The Age of Intelligent Machines.” This film was produced for a mainstream audience, and focuses on developments in artificial intelligence. Soundtrack features music by award winning recording artist Stevie Wonder. Film series features two parts: “Machines that Think” and “Intelligence, It’s Amazing!”

A survey of artificial intelligence showing AI at work and under development. The paradoxes, promise and challenges of advanced computer science, with authorities Marvin Minsky, Roger Schank, Raj Reddy and other leaders in the field.

Machines that talk and listens. Machines that move like humans. Machines that learn. Products of advanced computer science, they challenge the world as never before. Called artificial intelligence, this science offers new hope and unprecedented power. How will the next industrial revolution affect our lives? How will the world adapt? With computer science experts from major research centers and corporations.

related reading:
Wikipedia | The Age of Intelligent Machines
Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Robots and beyond, exploring artificial intelligence — museum exhibit
The Franklin Institute | Robots and beyond, the age of intelligent machines — museum exhibit