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Singularity Hub | Transcendent Man film to be released in February, digitally in March 2011

January 12, 2011

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Source: Singularity Hub — January 12, 2011 | Aaron Saenz

Almost two years after it premiered, Transcendent Man is finally making its way to widespread distribution, though maybe not in the way we expected. Barry Ptolemy’s look at the life and beliefs of Ray Kurzweil is a documentary film that explores concepts of digital reincarnation, personal hubris, and most importantly, the Technological Singularity.

Ptolemaic Productions recently announced that the film will… read more

Variety | Futurist Kurzweil goes worldwide with Man: Docu on tech advances gets multicity tour

January 11, 2011

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Source: Variety — January 11, 2011 | Andrew Stewart

In the latest push for alternate distribution, indie docu Transcendent Man is slated for a multi­city global tour beginning Feb. 3, followed by a digital release March 1.

The tour, which begins in New York and ends in London on April 5, will include a Q&A with author Ray Kurzweil, whose tome The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology provides source material for the docu.

Directed by… read more

Variety | Film review: Transcendent Man

November 18, 2009

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Source: Variety — November 18, 2009 | Andrew Barker

A well-made, insightful documentary that asks some hard questions while leaving just as many unanswered, Transcendent Man is an intriguing study of techno-prophet Ray Kurzweil. Helmer Barry Ptolemy has a fascinating subject in Kurzweil and his expansive theories, and this film — a natural for healthy homevideo release and cable — should only increase his visibility (and speaking fees). Still, one wishes it weren’t so transparently on his side.… read more

Singularity Hub | 4 Singularity movies — The world wants the future

August 13, 2009

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Source: Singularity Hub — August 13, 2009 | Aaron Saenz

With four films coming out less than a year apart, it’s a pretty cool time to be interested in the future and the growth of intelligence. That’s right, four movies on the Singularity! In a year’s span. It’s kind of nuts: Transcendent Man debuted earlier this year, The Singularity Film and The Singularity Is Near will both premier before year’s end, and… read more

Forbes | Intelligence evolution: the coming merger of man and machine

June 22, 2009

Source: Forbes — June 22, 2009 | Barry Ptolemy

There is no such thing as artificial intelligence. There is only intelligence. You could say there is biological intelligence or nonbiological intelligence. But even that distinction will become blurred in a couple of decades as computers shrink to the size of a red blood cell, increase in speed and computational power hundreds of thousands of times and merge with our biological bodies as futurist Ray Kurzweil predicts in my new… read more

Kurzweil to present sneak previews of Singularity Is Near and Transcendent Man films at Coolidge Corner Theatre

May 6, 2009

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Ray Kurzweil will present an exclusive preview of excerpts from the much-anticipated forthcoming movie The Singularity Is Near at The Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, Mass. on Monday, May 11 at 7pm.

The special program, An Evening with Ray Kurzweil, is part of the Coolidge Corner Theatre’s acclaimed “Science on Screen” series.… read more

NPR's On the Media | The future brain

April 3, 2009

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Source: NPR's On the Media — April 3, 2009 | Brooke Gladstone

“Ray Kurzweil is a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence…. He’s an award-winning science and engine, a millionaire several times over because of his inventions… He predicted, far in advance, that the Soviet Union would crumble, that a computer would beat a human at chess and that a computer communications network would span the earth. He even predicted when…. Bill Gates has called him the best in the world at predicting the future…… read more

Transcendent Man film premieres at Tribeca Film Festival

March 10, 2009

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Transcendent Man, a documentary film on the life and controversial ideas of Ray Kurzweil, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on April 25, 2009.

Filmmakers Barry and Felicia Ptolemy (Ptolemaic Productions) documented Kurzweil’s life for two years in 25 cities in five countries, as he explored the social and philosophical implications of the coming profound changes and the potential threats they pose to human civilization in presentations and dialogues with 22 noted luminaries such as Colin Powell, Peter Diamandis, Dean Kamen, William Shatner, Stevie Wonder, and Kevin Warwick.… read more

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