Transhumanism, Filmmaking and the Future


Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 11:30am to 1:00pm


Event Details

Occasional Speaker: Filmmaker Doug Wolens

Transhumanism, Filmmaking and the Future

As we bio-engineer our species and re-design matter through nanotechnology, we become more machine-like, and machines become more like us. Will this lead to us sacrificing our humanity to gain something greater? Or will we engineer our own demise? Join Doug Wolens as he contemplates these questions and shares his experience making The Singularity, a documentary about the point in the future when machine intelligence surpasses that of humans. To view a trailer of the film and read an interview with Doug Wolens, see that Atlantic Monthly article, "Pondering Our Cyborg Future in a Documentary About the Singularity." 

About Doug Wolens

Doug Wolens spent seven years as a practicing attorney in New York City before he moved to San Francisco and became a filmmaker in 1993.   His earlier films, which include Happy Loving Couples (1993), Reversal (1994), In Frame (1995),  and Weed (1996), have appeared at numerous festivals throughout the world, including the Sundance Film Festival and the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. His feature documentary Butterfly (2000) appeared on PBS’s POV and the Sundance Channel. Wolens is currently developing a documentary on aesthetics and design.

Payne Hall 129

A screening of The Singularity is also being held at ASU Tempe on Tuesday, March 4, at 6:30 pm (Stauffer B-Wing, Room 125). Click here to learn more or to RSVP.