Transcendentman is a documentary movie that brings in the existence and thoughtsof Ray Kurzweil, a prominent creative thinker who walks across theworld presenting his idea of technology replacing human brain. Raybelieves that there shall come a time human beings and other livingcreatures will never die or even if they will never live forever,their lifespan will extend (Ptolemy, 2011). According to my point ofview, it is impossible because there is yet an indication of anyproject being heard or seen about any company, trying to replace thehuman brain. Ray is seen to be imagining and having hope that one dayhe will bring his dead father back to life. This is impossible sinceit is seen as his imagination with no any actions implemented.Secondly, his father died long time ago. Therefore it implies thatthe father body would have decayed if it was not preserved. Raythinks about the idea of bringing his father back to live moreemotionally than reality (Ptolemy, 2011).
Iagain oppose Ray’s idea of technology ruling on grounds that, onearth, different people have different believes depending on theirreligion. For example, Christians believe in God who gives life andalso who takes it. It would be difficult for Ray to convince suchChristians that life can be brought back when someone dies. It wouldbe impossible for them to believe since they believe that God is theonly one who can raise a dead person. In Ray’s documentary film,robots are evident as an indication of his possibilities. Howeverhard Ray tried to make robots that resemble human beings, it is clearfrom the same movie that robots cannot operate without the human aid.Let’s consider an instance where robots are used to load andoffload. For them to do this work more efficient there has to becalculated steps through which the robot will walk and also the levelto which it will bend to pick the luggage. All these operations andtasks require human aid intervention. It is therefore clear thatrobots cannot work without human beings. Some robots’ body partshave joints. These joints require regular servicing unlike humanjoints that lubricates themselves. These joints need to be lubricatedregularly so as to reduce friction on those joints.
Activitiesthat human beings indulge into, such as watching lighting objectssuch as phone close to them and with naked eyes will actually lead tofuture sight problems. Such indulgence will reduce the lifespan ofhuman beings (Caine & Caine, 2011). On similar lines, when robotsare made available and affordable to human beings, at some point thelife span of human beings will increase. The life span will increasebecause these robots will be forced into risky activities such asguards and fire fighters. In so doing, human will start living acomfortable life, a life with no stress because of tiresomeness(Greenfield, n.d).
Thereare challenges that will prevent Ray’s idea from being initiated.First, it not cost effective. Building robots require a lot of moneyand time. So far it is only USA and Japan that have managed to buildrobots. Since most countries are poor in wealth and also skill, itbecomes expensive for them to build robots or even hire the robotbuilding services. Secondly as seen earlier on, it will be difficultto convince people that there will never be death any more, thuscreating a barrier for implementation of the idea. The thirdchallenge is that, generating Ray’s idea requires a lot of time.Since it is time consuming, the initiator of the idea might die thusburying some information leading to another beginning of sameproject.
IfRay’s idea would be true, then there would be some infects oncertain grounds. Will the population increase or decrease? What wouldlead to this change in population? Imagine a world where all of uswere robots. Would there be production? According to my point ofview, human being would be replaced with robots until there willreach a point where no more beings exist. When all beings arereplaced, there will be no any being left to produce. This will implythat the population will remain exact. But suppose robots lack peopleto regularly service them, will they live forever? Robot will startto fail and there after they cease to exist. This will thereforeimply that population will always be decreasing until to a pointwhere all robots will not be existing and thus no any life. Ray’sidea of a forever life can only exist on plants and small organismssuch as insects since it will be possible to provide these organismswith an environment that favors them.
Frommy point of view, Ray should abandon the idea of technology replacinghuman beings since it is difficult to treat a human brain andtherefore it will be totally impossible to make an artificial brainto replace the normal brain.
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Greenfield,S. (n.d). Moderntechnology is changing the way our brains work, says neuroscientist.MailOnline.Retrieved October 24, 2014, fromhttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-565207/Modern-technology-changing-way-brains-work-says-neuroscientist.html
Ptolemy,B. (Director). (2011). Transcendentman[Documentary]. USA: Docurama Films .