SOURCE: The Tech Museum

The Tech Museum

February 09, 2011 13:50 ET

Provocative Futurist Ray Kurzweil to Host Critically Acclaimed "TRANSCENDENT MAN"

Global Tour to Herald the Life, Ideas and Critiques of Renowned Tech Authority Makes First Appearance in Bay Area at The Tech Museum

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - February 9, 2011) - Ray Kurzweil, revered and rebuked for his theories on technological advances, particularly the blurring distinctions between humans and machines known as the "Singularity," will share his daring arguments at The Tech Museum on Sunday, Feb. 13th at 5 p.m., the second leg in a worldwide tour. 

TRANSCENDENT MAN, which makes its first screening in the Bay Area, chronicles the award-winning scientist's life and explores his most contentious predictions, including his assertion that within the next quarter century humans will "transcend these limitations of our biological bodies and brains... There will be no distinction, post-Singularity, between human and machine."

Director Barry Ptolemy bases the feature-length documentary film on Kurzweil's life and ideas as chronicled in his speeches and four best-selling books.

"The film articulates the subtleties of my ideas while integrating them artfully into my personal story," Kurzweil says. "I learned a lot about myself -- for example, the role my father's life and death has played in my personal and intellectual development."

Kurzweil and the much-anticipated film will tour the globe, beginning Feb. 3rd in New York. The film debuts at The Tech Museum Feb. 13th before heading to Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Massachusetts, London and Canada. In each locale, Kurzweil will share his forward-thinking theories and engage the audience, along with director Ptolemy, in a Q&A.

"Ray Kurzweil is one of the world's foremost thinkers on the role of technology in our future," Peter Friess, president of The Tech Museum, says. "This prophetic, insightful man will be right at home at The Tech Museum, which has as its very mission to educate, inform and provoke thought."

Since its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, TRANSCENDENT MAN has drawn critical acclaim. It screened to sold-out audiences at Tribeca, the American Film Festival in Los Angeles and the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam. The film was lauded as "one of the top ten documentaries of the year," by the International Documentary Association. Ptolemy explores the social and philosophical implications and the potential threats technological advances pose to human civilization in interviews with world leader Colin Powell; technologists Hugo de Garis, Peter Diamandis, Kevin Warwick, and Dean Kamen; journalists Tom Abate and Kevin Kelly; and musician Stevie Wonder.

The film will be digitally distributed via iTunes and Movies on Demand starting March 1st. A DVD release is planned for May 24.

WHO: Inventor, futurist and author Ray Kurzweil and director Barry Ptolemy screen highly anticipated film TRANSCENDENT MAN

WHEN: 5 p.m. Sunday, February 13, 2011

WHERE: The Tech Museum, 201 S. Market St., San Jose, CA

EDS: Kurzweil will also be available for interviews on Feb. 14th.

For a trailer, stills or a digital media kit, click: ftp://tmpresskit:Transcendent1@ftp.transcendentman.com

About The Tech Museum:
The Tech Museum is a premier hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The museum -- located in the Capital of Silicon Valley -- is a non-profit learning resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing technologies affecting their lives. Through programs such as The Tech Challenge, our annual team design competition for youth, and internationally renowned programs such as The Tech Awards presented by Applied Materials, Inc., The Tech Museum celebrates the present and encourages the development of innovative ideas for a more promising future.

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