Part of an Occasional Series on Silicon Valley Buzzwords & Ideas
Fifty years ago during the Summer of Love of 1967, young Americans turned on, tuned in, dropped out, dropped acid, blew their minds, chanted mantras, played Sgt. Pepper’s and followed gurus like Timothy Leary, Ken Kesey and the Maharishi Yogi in an effort to obtain a higher level of consciousness.
The changes wrought during that crazy year and the rest of the tumultuous decade changed America forever, making the nation at once more open and liberal, but also creating a counter revolutionary backlash that gave us Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.
I had the opportunity to escape from the Mojave last weekend to attend the BIL Conference down in Long Beach. It was a nice break. I got to see some cool talks, meet some new friends, and sit barefoot on a beach beside a vast ocean which I had all but forgotten even existed.
Not bad for two days.
I just wish I could have stayed longer. Returning to the High Desert was like traveling back in time: it felt like spring in LA, but it was still winter in the Mojave. Cold and windy.
A new film, Transcendent Man, is about to be released on Ray Kurzweil, a leading futurist who is the author of The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology. The documentary will be screened at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City in April.
Kurzweil is co-founder of the new Singularity University, which will begin operations at NASA Ames this summer. The new university is a collaboration of NASA Ames, the International Space University, and Google.