Credit to JDLasica for photo used in this posting
More in my ongoing series of Netflix documentaries. I checked out Transcendent Man a chronicle of Ray Kurzweil. Now, other than seeing him on the Daily Show (which actually shows up in the documentary) I knew nothing of the man. Have to feel I’ve been influenced by him in some ways as his premise of our bodies being filled with microcomputers has been one of my crazy thoughts that the future might look like as well.
The documentary is rather interesting as it chronicles a segment of the life of a complicated man. Here’s a guy who has some deep family pain he’s obviously hoping to rectify at a future point in time. Here’s a man who has boundless creative imagination yet still bound by the mathematics and engineering of our time & near future. It is very human, yet dabbling around the artificial intelligence of being un-human.
From this I picked up the idea of Singularity, explained here:
I’m wondering as we move towards this fusion of mechanical and human. What would be the loss or gain of our spiritual life? Would we become a Spock type character who struggles with the emotions because of the process logic? Maybe we are already there even without the machines?.. Are we going to program ourselves with the theology of all our great theologians and various versions (feminist theology, liberation theology, radical orthodoxy, etc)? All I know is that I’m not there right now to wrap my very biological brain around what impact that is going to make. But something will happen and then a question arises. What will the church do about it? If there is even a church…