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GLENN: I want to talk to you a little bit about the new -- not smart bomb. The environmentally friendly bomb that is now being designed. I am not kidding you. Kill people without doing damage to the planet. Are we out of our minds? What has happened to us? Tomorrow on television I have -- Stu, in fact do you remember? How long has it been honestly? Has it been at least 10 years since we tried to get a hold of Ray Kurzweil?
STU: It really has been a long time. That was one of the first guests you wanted before we started doing talk radio.
GLENN: His book came out, "The Age of Spiritual Machines" came out 10 years ago and I read that book and it was shocking to me. It's one of the best books on technology I have ever read. Ray Kurzweil, in case you don't know, he predicted the Internet. He predicted that the Internet would be able to be accessed in every home in America on portable computers. He said that computing would eventually be so small it could fit into your pocket. The things that he has invented or predicted, his rate of accuracy is absolutely astounding. He's the guy, he went to Stevie Wonder -- he was sitting on a plane and he was talking to a blind guy and he said, oh, being blind is not a handicap, it's not a handicap, I can do everything that anybody else can do. And Ray said really? And he said, you know what? I can't read, I can't read. But everything else I can do.
So Ray went and he invented a reader, and it used to be, oh, I don't even know, 50 pounds, this giant -- and you would feed it in and then it would copy it and then it would read it back to the blind person. Well, tomorrow he's going to show at the end of the program, it's the size of a cell phone and it just takes a picture of the page and then it reads the whole page to the blind person. It's amazing. And I said, thinking that I was so clever, I said, well, how does the blind person take a picture of it? He said, oh, watch. He pushes the button and then it says, bottom of page cut off, restoring. And it automatically fixes the picture because they know the blind person can't really aim it at the picture, at the page. It's incredible. This is the guy that Bill Gates calls. When Gates is saying, you know what, let's -- you know, we need a new -- some new software and we're thinking ahead, you know, what are we going to need, they call Ray Kurzweil and they say, Ray, come out to Seattle, meet with us, tell us where computers are going to be in five years, ten years, 20 years, what are we going to be working on.
Tomorrow night -- because I recorded it last night. Tomorrow night is an interview unlike anything you've ever seen before. And I told him when he first came on the set, because I said to him I've been waiting for this interview for 10 years. And I said I am fascinated by the technology that is coming our way but more so by the philosophy or the ethics behind it. We're not ready to address some of the things that he says are coming. He says by 2020 -- he's already cured diabetes in himself. He hasn't had a recurrence of it for 20 years. He believes he can live forever.
Now, he's not a spiritual guy and so when he says live forever, he says by 20, I think it was 2040, 2050, you'll be able to download -- he said it will be unthinkable to not download your mind every day. So the essence of you, all your memories, all your experiences, everything will be in a computer. Man and machine are beginning to merge. It's some of the most frightening, yet exciting stuff you've ever heard. But listen to him because the guy is not wrong. And he talks about how man and machine are already beginning to merge, how there are five or seven experiments going on right now with nanobot technology where the nanobots are injected into the bloodstream and they "Repair your damaged code." I'm sorry, he called it your damaged software. And I said, what does that mean? And he said, your software has been running -- your DNA has been running in humans for thousands of years. It's damaged. It needs to be repaired. I said to him, at with a point, Ray, do people just say, yeah, I'm going to turn you off? At what point, when you've got all this technology in you? He believes in the matrix idea where you want to learn to speak French? You'll upload it. And he says it's around the corner because of the exponential growth. It's doubling. He says that we are very close to the singularity, the singularity, just look it up. Singularity, if we hit singularity, everything changes.
I talked to him about, I said, I know you are not a spiritual guy, you are not a religious guy. And he said, no, I believe in thought, that thought is never ending. And I said, well, I'm a religious guy, and there are a lot of religious people that think that we are headed for a great change of -- some people say it's the end of the world. It's not the end of the world. If you are really, truly a religious person, it is a great change where it is 1,000 years of peace and it is -- it's an amazing time period. And I said a lot of religious people sense this coming. You as a scientist, you call it the -- approaching singularity, that all of a sudden there's this gigantic change and a leap like you can't believe. He says that the country will be able to be run on solar power alone within five years, that we don't have the solar power panels now but they are so close because technology doubles every year. So it's, once you hit one, then the next year it hits two. Then it hits four, then it hits eight, then it hits 16. It's 30 steps to a billion, once you hit one. So we've already hit one with solar panels. In fact, we're far past that. We are now at the point that in five years, he said, solar panels will be able to capture and convert and store all of the energy needs for the entire planet within five years. And when this man speaks, because of his credentials, because of who he is and what he has done in the past, you actually will believe him. I'm telling you you've never, ever seen anything like it before. I was like a kid in a candy store when he came on -- Stu, I didn't gush with him, did I?
STU: You didn't -- no, you didn't gush. I think you could tell, though, you were kind of geeky in your excitement.
GLENN: Have you ever heard anything like -- did you watch the whole interview while it was being taped?
STU: A good portion of it, yeah.
GLENN: Have you ever heard anything like it?
STU: No, he's a fascinating guy, you know, because he has that sort of -- he has a, in a way I think a lot of hope, too.
GLENN: Oh, my gosh. Tons of hope.
GLENN: I said to him, I said to him, what about this technology being used against us? And he said, won't happen. Again he believes we're approaching a singularity. He said, you cannot contain information anymore. We are approaching the time where information -- he said China. He's a guy who back, I think like early, early 1980s, maybe 1970s said Soviet Union's going to fall. Because the Internet is going to come in, it's going to change information technology, they will not be able to contain it, it will fall. And he said it when it was insane. He said that because we're approaching this singularity on information alone that you will not be able to enslave men again. I don't know if I agree with that, but I mean, wouldn't it be fantastic. He's very hopeful. It is -- it's amazing. It's absolutely amazing what this guy says is coming, and he is taking care of his body. He's working out all the time. He's 50 -- is he 59? How old do you think he looks, Stu?
STU: Oh, jeez, I don't know. I thought he had been around for even longer than that.
GLENN: No, but when you saw him, does he look 59?
GLENN: Maybe he looks 50, maybe. He started taking care of his body, and he developed this system of medicine or, I don't know, vitamins or whatever they are, nutrients that he takes every day. He takes almost 300 different nutrients every day and he has been measuring his biological age. When he started taking them, I think he was 50 and his biological age I think was 50 or 51. He's now 59 and they have measured his biological age through his DNA. His biological age now is 40. His body is repairing itself and he's -- all he's trying to do is keep it into shape because he believes by 2020 he will be able to have the nanobot technology put inside of him that will give him another 100 years. He said by 2020 or 2030, I think it was, man will live to be 150 years old because the nanobot technology will be in you all the time, it will monitor your body, it will repair. Anything that happens with your body, it will automatically repair itself. It is amazing stuff. Don't miss it. He also -- and he didn't come out as strongly as he did in the preinterview, which I was kind of disappointed. I pushed him on it. He doesn't believe in global warming. He doesn't -- he believes -- in fact, I wish -- I'll bring it in tomorrow so I have the exact quote from him in the preinterview. But he's -- Al Gore. He does not like the Al Gore global warming thing. It's wrong.
Now, when I got him on the air, I asked him and he said, well, the temperature has gone up by 1 degree, he said, but the solutions that everybody's talking about are ridiculous, that's not the way to go, blah, blah, blah, blah. And I pushed him on it and I said, no, wait a minute, the Al Gore movie, et cetera. And he said, well, again, it has gone up, but global warming is not something you need to worry about. And he wouldn't go any further than that. But he's talking about you don't have to worry about fossil fuels, you don't have to worry about these things because grand technology is right around the corner. And I asked him. I said, how come we don't hear any of this stuff? And he said -- you ready for this one? He said, you do. And I said, how come I don't ever hear any politicians talking about it? He said, I don't know if they are talking about it, but he said Al Gore is one of the bigger investors in this particular technology of solar panels. I said, you've got to be kidding me. So he's currently working with Google on developing this technology, the head guys of Google, you know, the multibillionaires. They are developing this technology and he is overseeing it. And, you know, that's funny is you know his name, Kurzweil. Right now if I say Kurzweil, you have no idea unless you're -- you know, unless you are a musician you would know. Or unless you've ever seen anybody. Stevie Wonder came to him and said, you know what, Ray, I hate the fact that I can't use an electronic piano, that it doesn't sound -- you know, that electronic pianos don't sound like real acoustic pianos. He said, oh, I can fix that.
Now imagine seeing Stevie Wonder or any artist standing in front of those black electric pianos with the white writing in the back. Kurzweil. That's who this guy is. Tomorrow night on television. You don't want to miss it.