This was a worthwhile 11 min update on Kurzweil's view of the future - circa 5/05. While not all that inspirational, it was certainly interesting, and full of the usual Kurzweilian visioning - vaguely supported, but intellectually fascinating projections on current technology trends. The last line got a timely chuckle from the audience - and me.
We all know Ray Kurzweil is a strange egg. His speech was well thought out and informative. I'd previously seen a documentary on him on Netflix so I had already heard most of the talking points. What was weird was how he read it. He seemed to be speed reading the speech so as to get it over with as fast as possible. I got the impression that either he was nervous and wanted to get off the stage ASAP, or he had read the same speech 50 times before and wanted to plow through it. It was very awkward to listen to.
However, I listen to everything at 2x speed since I find most narrator talk like snails run. Perhaps Ray spoke perfectly well normally, and for me at 2x it sounded strange. I may have to re-listen.
Yes. It's only 11 minutes so I say go for it. Especially if you haven't read or heard anything else by him.
Kurzweil is obviously ahead of his time. This is a pretty good conversation between him and a number of callers (at least one who calls him a “crackpot”) with Ray explaining his theories from human longevity to nanotechnology. You don’t get deeper than his two latest books but it is an excellent primer for anyone who is not already familiar with his work
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