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The Age of Spiritual Machines is compelling and accessible, and not necessarily best read from front to back--it's less heavily historical if you jump around (Kurzweil encourages this). Much of the content of the book lays the groundwork to justify Kurzweil's timeline, providing an engaging primer on the philosophical and technological ideas behind the study of consciousness. Instead of being a gee-whiz futurist manifesto, Spiritual Machines reads like a history of the future, without too much science fiction dystopianism. Instead, Kurzweil shows us the logical outgrowths of current trends, with all their attendant possibilities. This is the book we'll turn to when our computers first say "hello." --Therese Littleton
The Age of Spiritual Machines, first published in 1999, remains a robust projection into the future of this century. Read morePublished 1 month ago by David S. Wellhauser
This was a book that gave me a new outlook as to what the future could be like. Kurzweil is intelligent and writes well. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tyler Re Richlie
I started with his most recent book; " How To Create A Mind ". After reading one chapter, I realized that I needed to back-up and read some of his previous works. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Timothy A Shaw, Sr.
My cell phone is smart, my car is smart, my toaster is smart, my lawn mower is smart, it's happening exactly as Ray predicted. I look forward to conversations with my TV.Published 3 months ago by V. Hadaway
Amazing book. The most influential book for me that I've ever read.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Didn't like how it drifted eventually into superstition and near madness.Published 5 months ago by true