Saturday, July 28, 2007

Ray Kurzweil Planning His Silver Screen Debut

Coming soon to a theater near you: Ray Kurzweil and his alter ego, Ramona.

Futurist and inventor Kurzweil is working on a movie version of his latest book, "The Singularity is Near." It'll combine interviews with big thinkers like Marvin Minsky with a narrative about Ramona (Kurzweil's foxy female alter ego) crusading to earn respect and recognition for artificially-intelligent beings.

Here's the plot summary from the Internet Movie Database (written by Kurzweil's pal Martine Rothblatt, who is the pic's executive producer):

    The brilliant inventor Ray Kurzweil creates a computer avatar named Ramona (Pauley Perrette). He raises her like a modern-day Pinocchio, and she gradually acquires consciousness. Ramona detects a secret attempt by microscopic robots to destroy the world, but her warnings are ignored by everyone because she is not recognized as a person. Her computerized nature lets her stop the robot attack but lands her in trouble with the law.

The tagline is "A True Story About the Future." Kurzweil is hoping for a theatrical release next year.

(Here's some background on Ramona.)

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