Singularity Hub | Exclusive interview with Doug Wolens, director of The Singularity

January 20, 2013

Singularity Hub — January 20, 2013 | Peter Murray

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“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” If you watch Doug Wolens’ latest documentary, The Singularity, the quote from Arthur C. Clarke is the first thing you see.

It aptly prepares you for the 75 minutes that follow over which a truly impressive cast of scientists, futurists and philosophers discuss the uncertainty of what the future holds for humanity and, for some, argue why Ray Kurzweil and others have it all wrong.

If you don’t have time to read The Singularity Is Near but want a more in depth understanding of the singularity, this is the film for you. Like the phenomena it attempts to explore, it takes off at an accelerating pace. In its first moments we meet Mister Singularity himself, Ray Kurzweil, who summarizes, for the uninitiated, what the singularity is. [...]