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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
When venturing into physics, he writes as if the debate about an open and closed ended universe was still ongoing.
While Mr. Kurzweil might have been wrong in a few details, and certainly in his time estimates, I believe the gist of things yet to come is in this book.
It has long been a staple of science fiction that humans will be replaced by artificial intelligence, what Kurzweil calls "spiritual machines."
This is the most impactful book I have ever read and very possibly the most impactful book I will ever read. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Solar Powered Swamp Rat
I would not read this book because I believe that humans - if they had not devolved into their current state by chemicals, violence, and a system of existence that deliberately... Read morePublished 2 months ago by 3PC
Elegant great read! Awesome writer. I really enjoyed this journey down our future with machine consciousness and implications to entrepreneurship and humanityPublished 3 months ago by Boniface N. Osonwanne
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Sometime in the next 100 years machines will surpass human intelligence. Read more
I find Kurzweil's logic very hard to fault. He is, of course, a techno-optimist in that he sees the evolution of intelligence beyond humans as a positive thing for humans as well... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Martin at Silflay
I wouldn't say that this book is going to change your life but Kurzweill is an undisputable genius and his insights into the year 2010 from 20 something years ago are fascinating.Published 6 months ago by davey
Kurzweil is a tech savant, respected at the highest institutions. It helps to know a little physics, but his prose is clear and easy to understand. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Arthur Sellers