The film will make its international premiere on Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at the 34th annual Montreal World Film Festival. “The Singularity is Near, A True Story About the Future,” is being presented by filmmakers Anthony Waller, Ray Kurzweil, Ehren Koepf and Toshi Hoo, with executive producer Martine Rothblatt (Terasem Motion InfoCulture),
A Q&A session with Ray Kurzweil and Martine Rothblatt will immediately follow the screening. It is among the 61 films competing in the Documentaries of the World category at the 12-day festival.
The feature-length documentary film presents the arguments from Kurzweil’s New York Times bestselling book, “The Singularity is Near.”
He predicts that with the ever-accelerating rate of technological change, humanity is fast approaching an era in which our intelligence will become trillions of times more powerful and increasingly merged with computers.
This will be the dawning of a new civilization, enabling us to transcend our biological limitations. In Kurzweil’s post-biological world, boundaries blur between human and machine, real and virtual.
Human aging and illness are reversed, world hunger and poverty are solved, and we cure death. He maintains a radically optimistic view of the future course of human development while acknowledging profound new dangers.
Kurzweil examines the social and philosophical implications of these profound changes and the potential threats they pose to human civilization. He illustrates the future with a narrative story about an “AI” seeking her human rights, featuring popular NCIS actress Pauley Perrette and personal development guru Tony Robbins.
The movie, The Singularity Is Near offers a view of the coming age that is both a dramatic culmination of centuries of technological ingenuity and a genuinely inspiring vision of our ultimate destiny.