10 Questions for Futurist Ray Kurzweil

10 Questions with Ray Kurzweil

10 Questions with Ray Kurzweil

My buddy Ben showed me this video by Time magazine with renowned futurist Ray Kurzweil, a guy who can tell you, reasonably, what the future’s going to look like. It’s not about flying cars and lasers, it’s about taking into account current technologies and the path these technologies have taken to get to where they are. In the vide above he talks about some of the advances we as humans will be making, like the ability to tell our bodies to stop storing fat, which is an age old survival technique that isn’t necessary for most people in most modern cities. I love hearing guys like this speak because it makes me excited about the future, though I’m sure there are a lot of people out there who find this stuff scary. Well, change is scary, but it’s inevitable.

Bobby

2 Comments 10 Questions for Futurist Ray Kurzweil

  1. James February 17, 2011 at 8:14 AM

    Thanks for Sharing this! I am glad he discussed his fears because these technologies will naturally be stratified by class, race, and global region. My hope like his is that these technologies can be used for the benefit of all.

  2. Geo February 17, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    I hate to play Marx here, but his discussion of technology completely ignores the huge issue that presently, technology is most often made at the expense of the extremely poor, especially in Africa, and shows no sign of changing. He says that in the future we can address issues of poverty and so on, but he doesn’t go into it at all, because his technological future (and the present) depends upon the poverty of millions. I mean, lets face it- modifying your genes so you don’t retain all your carbs is not going to solve any problem, arguably not even obesity (which has more to do with Corn Monoculture than anything, IMHO).

    Just saying. This is a pretty great video.

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