January 3, 2011
Turning into Gods?
Upcoming documentary explores quest for immortality and 'our ultimate potential'
TV host and filmmaker Jason Silva is working on a documentary called Turning into Gods in which he explores "mankind's journey to 'play jazz with the universe' ... It is a story of our ultimate potential, the reach of our intelligence, the scope of our scientific and engineering abilities and the transcendent quality of our heroic and noble calling."
The film proposes to investigate "the texture and color of our next refined and designed evolutionary leap," suggesting that we will someday become what philosopher David Pearce calls "Paradise Engineers." Silva quotes Stewart Brand: "We are as gods, and we might as well get good at it."
Interestingly, our latest cover story, "Chasing Methuselah," explores some of the same ideas, while asking if we who believe in eternal life should even care about such possibilities.
Here's a teaser trailer for Turning Into Gods: