Is the London Science Museum endorsing pseudo-science by screening Kurzweil film?
The London Science Museum is planning to screen Kurzweil's film "Transcendent Man" on Tuesday 5th April:
I have no objection to such a film being shown, but I do not think the London Science Museum IMAX Theatre is an appropriate place for it to be screened.
The film synopsis reads:
TRANSCENDENT MAN chronicles the life and ideas of Ray Kurzweil, an inventor and futurist that presents his bold vision of the Singularity, a point in the near future when technology will be changing so rapidly, that we will have to enhance ourselves with artificial intelligence to keep up. Ray predicts this will be the dawning of a new civilization in which we will no longer be dependent on our physical bodies, we will be trillions of times more intelligent and there will be no clear distinction between human and machine, real reality and virtual reality. Human aging and illness will be reversed; world hunger and poverty will be solved and we will ultimately cure death. Critics accuse Ray of being too optimistic and argue that the dangers of the Singularity far outweigh the benefits, pointing out the apocalyptic implications that once machines achieve consciousness, we may not be able to control them.
As far as I can see, Kurzweil and his followers are just a pseudo-religious cult for nerds, with a nerd-Rapture (the Singularity), a nerd-Heaven (eternal computer simulation), a nerd-Jesus (Kurzweil) a nerd-born-again (becoming transhuman) and a nerd-Holy-Ghost (exponential growth).
A film about this pseudo-science should not be shown at the London Science Museum.