Ray Kurzweil has attracted a lot of attention in the technological community for his viewpoint on the acceleration of knowledge. His widely-read books on the matter are well-reasoned and detailed. They explain the “law of accelerating returns”, which states that the advances in technology has been increasing exponentially since the beginning of time. Yet, Kurzweil’s predictions point to a future in which the very meaning of what it is to be human is challenged. These predictions, regarding artificial intelligence and a global singularity of consciousness make Kurzweil the target of critical attacks and even mockery. Check out this trailer from the movie, Transcendant Man, that illustrates just what the fuss is all about. See also, CNN on Transcendant Man.