Transcendent Man

Star Wars Episode VI was on last night. Those movies are absolutely crazy, but the only thing I really question about them is how it could have all happened “a long time ago.” It seems to me that it should be about the future, it makes a little more sense. If it was in the past we would all have light-sabers for carving our thanksgiving turkeys and R2D2’s doing our homework. Some of us would even have robotic hands like Luke Sky.

Strange thing is some scientists have predicted that humans and our technology will soon be merging. One man in particular, Ray Kurzweil, has made this prediction widely and made it popular. His book titled The Singularity is Near, Transcendent man claims that in the near future (and by near I mean within the next thirty years!) humans and machines will merge and it will allow humans to live to much greater lengths. Now would be a good time to have some background music and fade away to a fantasy daydream…

You get up late for class, no time to have a good breakfast. You grab a bagel on your way out the door but its cold, no time to toast it. That’s a real bummer because you hate starting the day without a nice meal. The sun is shining on you today, however, because your good buddy Tom is at the bus stop, and he just got a toaster installed in his side for his birthday! Now you just have to hope someone on the bus has a refrigerator with some cream cheese on them.

Ok so maybe there are some more useful prospects for this merging, but I’m kind of hungry so that’s what I had to work with. This idea of a merging between us and our technological creations is mind blowing. I haven’t read the book but let me assure you it just climbed to the top of my list. Ray Kurzweil will be giving a lecture following a documentary about his book at the Museum of Science in Boston on March 21 at 7 PM. So if you didn’t have a reason to go to the Museum of Science already, you do now. I hope some of you readers get out and catch the lecture, because I won’t be in town for it and I would love to hear about it.

Go get ‘em guys, I’m gonna go toast a bagel.

Written by: Erik Alvarenga


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