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New Meetup: Ray Kurzweil introduces his film, "The Singularity Is Near" @ Coolidge Corner

From: T.J. M.
Sent on: Thursday, April 2, 2009 1:15 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Nerd Fun - Boston!

What: Ray Kurzweil introduces his film, "The Singularity Is Near" @ Coolidge Corner

When: May 11,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: This movie's release date, according to is 1 June 2009.

From Coolidge Corner's "Science on Screen" site:

"At the Onset of the 21st Century, it will be an era in which the very nature of what it means to be human will be both enriched and challenged as our species breaks the shackles of its genetic legacy and achieves inconceivable heights of intelligence, material progress, and longevity. While the social and philosophical ramifications of these changes will be profound, and the threats they pose considerable, celebrated futurist Ray Kurzweil presents 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". Directed by Anthony Waller, Toshi Hoo, and Ray Kurzweil.

Tickets can be purchased online ... but still need to be picked up at the ticket booth before showtime.

Where to meet:

It might be best to meet up at 6:15 pm and hang out while waiting in the line that is forming behind us. At 6:15 pm, we line up along the brick wall across from the box office. By 6:30 pm, the line is so long it snakes through the alley. By 6:35 pm the people behind our group are giving us all the evil eye, since they just witnessed a group of twenty form around T.J. Maher and cut in front of all of them. T.J. Maher is 5 foot 7, with blue eyes, short brown hair, and a large MEETUP sign attached to his black messenger bag.

About Ray Kurzweil ( From ):

"Ray Kurzweil was the principal developer of the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition. Ray has successfully founded and developed nine businesses in OCR, music synthesis, speech recognition, reading technology, virtual reality, financial investment, cybernetic art, and other areas of artificial intelligence . All of these technologies continue today as market leaders. Ray's Web site,, is a leading resource on artificial intelligence.

" Ray Kurzweil's new book, published by Viking Press, is entitled The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology [ ]

Background of the Movie (According to the Official Site):

"The Singularity is Near, A True Story about the Future, based on Ray Kurzweil?s New York Times best selling book, will be a full-length motion picture slated for theatrical release in early 2009. The movie intertwines a fast-paced A-line documentary with a B-line narrative story".

According to the site, the A-line documentary will feature "Ray Kurzweil interacting with a panoply of thinkers on the impact of exponentially expanding technologies on the nature of human life in the next half century. It will feature many cutting-edge graphics and special effects. Featuring: Bill Joy, Mitch Kapor, Alan Dershowitz, Vinod Khosla, Bill McKibben, Marvin Minsky, Martine Rothblatt, Alvin Toffler, Sherry Turkle, Eliezer Yudkowsky"

Here is where it gets goofy... "The intertwined B-line is the story of Ramona, Ray Kurzweil?s female alter ego, starting with actual footage of Kurzweil creating and demonstrating his virtual creation at the 2001 TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference, where Ray ? as Ramona ? sang Jefferson Airplane?s 'White Rabbit.' This presentation was the inspiration for the Warner Brothers? movie Simone, where the character played by Al Pacino turns himself into Simone, just as Ray turned himself into Ramona at TED".

Profile on TED: Ray Kurzweil: Inventor, futurist:

"is impact as a futurist and philosopher is no less significant. In his best-selling books, which include The Age of Spiritual Machines and The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology (which is set to become a movie in 2008), Kurzweil depicts in detail a portrait of the human condition over the next few decades, as accelerating technologies forever blur the line between human and machine".

About Science on Screen:

"The Science on Screen series is co-presented by The Museum of Science and New Scientist magazine. Special thanks to our fiscal sponsors: Alex & Brit d'Arbeloff; Gesmer Updegrove, LLP; The Hamilton Company; Harold and Maura Brown; and to our series creator, Richard Anders".

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