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Ramachandran/Kurzweil Humanity Now/Humanity Next

Thursday, May 29, 2008
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

In this special presentation with the Rubin Museum of Art, neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran explored the origin of human abilities and whether certain brain structures are unique to humans or whether they evolved from structures originally designed for other functions while inventor and futurist, Ray Kurzweil, examined the human implications if artificial intelligence surpasses our own. The event was moderated by Faith Salie.


Faith SalieAuthor, Journalist, Comedian

Faith Salie is a three-time Emmy-winning contributor to CBS Sunday Morning and a regular on NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! She’s hosted five seasons of PBS’s Science Goes to the Movies and is a storyteller for The Moth. She hosts the new podcast “One Plus One,” from Wondery.

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Ray KurzweilInventor, Entrepreneur, Futurist

Ray Kurzweil is an inventor, entrepreneur, and futurist. In several books for a general audience, he has laid out his vision of a merger of man and machine that he contends will shape the future of humankind.

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Vilayanur RamachandranNeuroscientist

Vilayanur Ramachandran investigates the nature of self and human consciousness. His work spans the causes and effects of synesthesia and phantom limb pain to questions about visual perception and the brain. He is Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition at the University of California, San Diego.

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