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I was in the audience for this symposium, April 1, 2000: Will Spiritual Robots Replace Humanity by 2100? – On YouTube – Ray KurzweilBill JoyDouglas HofstadterJohn HollandHans MoravecKevin KellyRalph MerklePanel Discussion part 1,  part 2.”

My brief encounter with Ray Kurzweil twenty years ago was during one of several breaks in the conference. Because of his great productivity, I want to help Ray Kurzweil in any way I can and I had a chance to do that.

During the hourly break, I was standing in line for use of a urinal and noticed that Ray was standing behind me in the line. How can I help this man who doesn’t know me? I intentionally stepped out of my line and went over to the sink and washed my hands and face. Then I went to the end of another line, the currently shortest line. I lost a minute before I got to pee but I made available to Ray Kurzweil one more minute to be creative. Here is a recent YouTube video of what Ray Kurzweil has done with his time.

No man has greater respect for another man than to let that other man pee first!