Ray Kurzweil finds zero G ‘transcendent and liberating’

January 1, 2000 | Source: KurzweilAI

Futurist Ray Kurzweil experienced zero gravity as a “transcendent and surreal experience” Sunday at Kennedy Space Center, where he participated in his first Zero G flight aboard an aircraft in parabolic flight.

“It was quite a transcendent and surreal experience. We really did get to transcend gravity, a phenomenon I’ve lived with since birth,” he said. “It feels quite liberating when gravity disappears and you just float away in the air.

“Transcendence is what human life is all about, and gravity is just one more barrier we can now overcome, at least temporarily. The most important restriction that we will ultimately transcend is the limitations of our minds. Expanding our brains by merging with our intelligent technology will enable us to transcend every other kind of barrier. That is the essence of the Singularity.”

The plane flew a parabolic arc that created Martian gravity (one-third G), where he was “able to easily do one-armed push ups or push myself up to a standing position,” then two lunar arcs (at one-sixth G), where he could take big leaps with small jumps, followed by a dozen zero-G cycles.

The experience was filmed for “Transcendent Man,” a movie currently in production.