Technocalyps-Preparing for Singularity

Technocalyps II – Preparing for the Singularity


Part 2 of 3 part documentary series, video (HDcam), colour, sound, 52 min. (concept, script, directing, editing)

Part 2 | Preparing for the Singularity

Advocates and opponents of a transhuman future are weighed against each other; prognoses are done when we can expect the transhuman revolution and how people are preparing for it already now.


Technocalyps is an intriguing  documentary trilogy on the notion of transhumanism by Belgian visual artist and filmmaker Frank Theys. The latest findings in genetics, robotics, artificial intelligence, bionics and nanotechnology appear in the media every day, but with no analysis of what seems to be their common aim: that of exceeding human limitations and creating higher, transhuman forms of life. The director conducts his enquiry into the scientific, ethical and metaphysical dimensions of technological development. The film includes interviews by top experts and thinkers on the subject worldwide, including Marvin Minsky, Ray Kurzweil, Terence McKenna, Hans Moravec, Bruce Sterling, Robert Anton Wilson, David Noble, Margareth Wertheim, the Dalai Lama and many others.

Written & Directed by Frank Theys
Concept, Research & Interviews Michel Bauwens & Frank Theys
Executive Producer Bert Leysen VOTNIK
Coproduced by Toneelhuis – Kunsten FESTIVALDesArts – Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg – Eris Films
With the support of Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds – Evens Foundation
Music Johan De Smet – Francisco Lopez
Production Manager US shooting Geert Van Goethem – Bert Leysen
Production Manager Studio Shooting Phyllis Digneffe – Rian Koopman
Assistant Director Hans Van Nuffel
Director of Photography
US shooting Chris Renson – Hans Sonneveld
Europe Hans Sonneveld
Canada Jan Dellaert
Far East Bart Maes
Japan Lieven Van Baelen
United Emirates Lut Vandekeybus
Studio Shootings
Camera Frank Theys
Light & setting Frank Haesevoets – Joris Durnez – Ivan Renette – Geoffrey D’hondt- Gijs Moeyersons -Filip Van Berendoncks
Sound Engineer Bart Maes
Make-up Monique van Hassel
Editing Hans Meijer – Frank Theys
Compositing Peter Claes – Edith Kaldor – Basiel Korsmit -Frank Theys
3D Animation E-Spaces – Philippe Van Nedervelde – Elena Polatina – Vladimir Galinsky -Basiel Korsmit – Viktor Vicsek – Ruud Terhaag
Production Assistant Karin Vandenrydt – Johanna Collier
Archive Research Jan De Coster – Joost Vandesande – Bert Leysen
Voice Over Jay McMahon
Legal Advice Johan Blomme – Yasmine Kherbache – Els Vanheusden – Dirk Vervenne
Interviewees (in order of appearance)
Dr. Joseph Rosen MD Professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hemphire
Natasha Vita More transhumanist artist
Dr. Theodore Berger Ph. D. Biomedical Engineering, USC Viterbi School of Engineering ,University of Southern California, Los Angeles
Bruce Sterling science fiction author
Dr. Robert White Ph. D. neurosurgeon, cleveland medical hospital, Ohio
Dr. Gregory Stock Director of the Program on Medicine, Technology and Society, UCLA’s School of Public Health
Dr. Eric D. Green Ph. D. NHGRI (National Human Genome Research Institute), scientific director
Dr. Jean-Jacques Cassiman Dr. of Biogenetics at the KULeuven
Max More Ph. D. President of the Extropy Institute
Hans Moravec Ph. D. Principal Research Scientist at the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University – Author of ‘Mind Children’
Ray Kurzweil CEO Kurzweil Technologies Inc. – author of ‘The Age of Spiritual Robots’
Mark Tilden Robotics Physicist, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Anne Foerst Theologian at MIT AI-lab
Dr. Michel Baudry neurologist at the UCLA
Dr. Yang Dan Professor of Neurobiology , University of California
Prof. Jeff W Lichtman Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Dr. Thomas De Marse Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida
Dr. Marvin Minsky Toshiba Professor of Media Arts and Science Professor, Prof. At MIT
Ralph C. Merkle engineer of nanotechnology at Xerox Park
Prof, Dr Carlo D. Montemagno Chairman Department of Bioengineering, Roy & Carol Doumani Professor in Biomedical Engineering, Boelter Hall, University of California, Los Angeles
Robert Anton Wilson author
Terence McKenna ethno botanist, author of ‘The Archaic Revival’
Dr. David Noble Historian, author of ‘Science & Religion’
Kirkpatrick Sale author of ‘Rebels against the Future’
Prof. Dr. Hugo De Garis Head of ‘UTAH-BRAIN project”, Utah State University / Artificial Brain Project
Dr. Stephen Coles gerontologist
Dr. Aubrey De Grey Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge, UK
John Rodriguez president of Transtime Inc.
Jim Yount president of The American Cryonic Institute
Margareth Wertheim Historian, author of ‘God & Physics’
Dr. Richard Seed Ph. D. Physicist, cloning researcher
Anders Sandberg Ph.D. Computer Science
Mark Pesce Lecturer of Interactive media, developper of VRLM
Ian Buruma author of ‘Occidentalism’
Dr. Kayazuki Hamada president of the Future Technologies Research Institute, Tokyo
Lama Karta
Dr. Richard Thompson Ph.D. Mathematics – member of the Vedic Movement
Youssouf Kazen Rabbi of the Jewish Hassidic Commnunity
Frank Tipler Ph.D. Prof of Mathematics , Tulane University, author of ‘The Physics of Immortality’
Prof. Dr. Osman Bakar Georgtown University, Malaysia Chair of Islam in South East Asia, Centrum for Muslim-Christian Understanding, History and International Relations
Rael spiritual leader of the Raelian Movement
Michael Grosso philosopher