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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."
Great book, really makes you think and adds a whole new perspective to your reality.Published 2 months ago by xsandman
Kurzweil provides a very insightful, thought-provoking, and entertaining foray into the world of artificial intelligence, and its implications for the future of humanity. Read morePublished 3 months ago by G. Fuhs
The book came well packaged, no damage to the book (being paperback i was a little worried.) Very fast shipping!Published 5 months ago by Sal
This is the most impactful book I have ever read and very possibly the most impactful book I will ever read. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Solar Powered Swamp Rat