Thursday, January 12, 2012

Welcome 2012: Leaping Into The Future With A Singularity Primer
-"On track" per Ray Kurzweil as he answers the latest critics.

The future is something I've always enjoyed focused, insightful perspective around and seems like a good topic to get my blogging mojo back in gear for 2012.

As I've touched on in a decade-plus forward look 2010 posting, Ray Kurzweil’s “Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology” 2005 book (672p) provides a science derived, profound view of how exponentially accelerating IT is driving ever increasing broader advancements. A very well executed, cited work in my opinion, with anticipated continuing advancements resulting in very dramatic changes affecting humanity over the next several decades (2020s genetics, 2030s nanotech followed by an intelligence take off, already in progress – i.e. technological singularity). One does not have to agree with all the points and conclusions raised in order to appreciate and gain much. This work was also released in 2011 as an Audible audiobook (unabridged, 25 hours).

Singularity Primer 2012:
  • Seminar Podcast: “Kurzweil's Law”- Ray Kurzweil (106m) - The Long Now Foundation - audio download is free

  • Video/Article:Kurzweil: 3 Supplements To Let You Live Until The Singularity (1m) May 2011
    - Coenzyme Q10
    - Phosphatidylcholine (
    derived from lecithin)
    - Vitamin D (perhaps the most critical of the three)

  • Movie: Transcendent Man (2009)- Netflix Instant Play Inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil is the subject of this documentary that follows him on a world speaking tour in which he expounds on his ideas about the merging of man and machine, which he predicts will occur in the not-so-distant future. The visionary who invented the first text-to-speech synthesizer and much more raises eyebrows here with his wildly optimistic views of a technology-enhanced future. I give it B- rating.. but worth seeing once for most.
The Singularity is something that may utimately be an overwelming primary factor in shaping our future- very interesting indeed!

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