Transcendence, a 2014 movie produced by Christopher Nolan, features events which are predicted by many scientists and futurists as likely to occur in reality within the first half of this century. The predictions featured include those subscribed to by Ray Kurzweil, Hugo de Garis, and Jason Silva.
The plot involves two leading computer scientists working towards their goal of sparking the Technological Singularity, as a radical anti-technology organization fights to prevent them from creating a world where computers can transcend the abilities of the human brain.
Ray Kurzweil’s Predictions
The Technological Singularity (often called simply the Singularity), is most notably predicted by famed futurist Ray Kurzweil, as being an event which will happen around the year 2045. The Singularity is defined as the point in time when Artificial Intelligence becomes smarter than the unaided human mind. At which time, this enhanced mind will teach itself to become infinitely smarter, and so cause an ‘intelligence explosion’. The Singularity will undoubtedly immediately lead to the curing of all diseases, even aging, and solve all of humanities other traditional problems.
Most people consider the Singularity to be an inevitable event, should technology continue to advance at an exponential rate. What else will happen after the Singularity is impossible to predict with certainty. A theory though includes, the ‘Terminator Scenario’, where technology turns against humans.
Hugo de Garis’s Predictions
The ‘Terminator Scenario’ theory is what is predicted by many people to be what will spark an opposition to technological advancement in the coming decades. These terrorists are featured in Transcendence with consideration given to the predictions of top scientist/futurist, Hugo de Garis, who has said he was employed as a consultant for the writing of the movie. de garis predicts that these anti-technology terrorists, or as he calls them ‘Terrans’, could cause major conflict in the future, and will be a major threat to our future survival.
Jason Silva’s Predictions
Jason Silva is a futurist, who makes incredible, inspiring and thought provoking short films. Unlike Hugo de Garis, Jason is more optimistic about the future. He believes that the Singularity could happen around the year 2045, and that the ‘Terminator Scenario’ will not happen. He asserts that humanity will continue to integrate with machines; that machines will never turn against us, because they will ‘be us’. If you like to be inspired by the wonder of the incredible possibilities of the future, I recommend you check out the videos on Jason Silva’s YouTube Channel.
Hopefully you are inspired to learn more about the idea of the Singularity, and related future events. Try a Google search of the term ‘Technological Singularity’ to find mountains of more information.
Transcendance, in theaters April 25th, 2014, written by Jack Paglen, directed by Wally Pfister, and produced by Christopher Nolan. The cast includes Johnny Depp, Cillian Murphy, Morgan Freeman, Kate Mara, Rebecca Hall and Paul Bettany. Like their Facebook fan page.