The "Ask Ray" reproduced below prompted my own. I hope Professor Kurzweil responds.
Ask Ray | Potential for elitization of the Singularity
National Nanotechnology Initiative | “Ethical, legal and societal issues”
These are exercises in thinking about public matters with the conviction that publics matter. Publics are where we fulfill our highest human capacity: to speak and act in association to shape our common world. The institutions that guarantee, protect, and comprise our publics matter. They deserve the ongoing critical and strategic thinking of all of us who would be citizens.