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March 7th, 2011
01:44 PM ET

Big I: "Transcendent Man"

In today's Big I, we are talking about the documentary "Transcendent Man" with the film's director, Barry Ptolemy, and the inspiration of the film, Ray Kurzweil, who is a famous futurist, inventor and author.

 Click here to read more about the film and see the trailer for "Transcendent Man."


Filed under: Ali Velshi • CNN Newsroom • The Big I
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  1. Linda

    Mark of the beast.I want no part of this.

    March 7, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  2. Alexander

    Mr. Velshi,

    Thank you very much for your segment on Ray Kurzweil, it is a bright future ahead of us as we face unprecedented technological expansion and pioneering. I'm so pleased you could bring some lime light to this particular topic.

    March 7, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  3. Vea barksdale

    This theory has been voiced in the sci-fi world for ages but most cannot or will not believe until it is way too late....

    March 7, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  4. Vic Kley

    Ali you've done some excellent shows!
    Todays "Transcendent Man" show was interesting in that you began to explore the "controversial" nature of Kurzweil but you just gave us a hint. Can we expect that you will continue to develop this theme?

    Ray Kurzweil used to be a good inventor (not great- a great inventor still has his actual invention an ongoing part of society like Tesla and the three phase electric motor, or Goddard with the liquid fueled rocket). Ray's stuff hasn't been used in years, nor was it basic i.e. Ray wasn't the first to invent text to voice. Ray stopped inventing many years ago and instead found himself pulled into making predictions for the future.

    Unfortunately Ray's predictions are either obvious or already well known to those in the technical area or they flop. He has an absolutely terrible record of prediction and a prediliction for spouting nonsense. Case in point today on your show he predicted that the electronics in the cell phone/pda he was holding would be contained in an object the size of a red blood cell. On its face its balderdash since the connections to the real world including key board and display will not shrink since they need to be a match to human organs even if those organs are the brains very nerve cells and we do not think or perceive with just one nerve cell! So no waiting to 2025 or 2029 required the man has no credibility today.

    I also looked up Ptolemy his writer/director. His only credits are the Transcendent Man and a 10 minute horror short made in 2001. There goes documentary integrity- what wouldn't Ptolemy do for the chance to break into the business?

    March 7, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  5. Jeanne

    I wish I hadn't missed this segment. I have known about Kurzweil for years and believe he is one of the best scientists for health.

    March 8, 2011 at 2:19 pm |

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