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3.00060204695966 out of 53.00060204695966 out of 53.00060204695966 out of 53.00060204695966 out of 53.00060204695966 out of 5 3.00 (1,661 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ray Kurzweil Narrator: Alan Sklar Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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Imagine a world where the difference between man and machines blurs, where the line between humanity and technology fades, and where the soul and the silicon chip unite. This is not science fiction. This is the 21st century according to Ray Kurzweil, inventor of the most innovative and compelling technology of our era. In this audiobook, the brain behind the Kurzweil Reading Machine, the Kurzweil synthesizer, advanced speech recognition, and other technologies devises a framework for envisioning the next century. Kurzweil guides us through the inexorable advances that will result in computers exceeding the memory capacity and computational ability of the human brain. The Age of Spiritual Machines is no mere list of predictions, but a prophetic blueprint for the future. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stop it | 2/8/2014

    " The core problem with Kurzweil is that he seems to have no analysis of power or oppression whatsoever. He inhabits a happy-go-lucky futurist utopia filled with wondrous technological toys and gives no thought to how any of the technology could be used oppress, dominate or control. I basically spent the entire book imagining all the horrible things governments and corporations would do (and perhaps will do) with all the fantastic technology Kurzweil describes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sueper | 1/31/2014

    " This book blew my mind - encouraged me to get my ass back in school. Looks like I will be Ray Kurzweil will be a keynote at a blackberry conference I am attending in two weeks! Would love to have a drink with him =) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen Locke | 1/25/2014

    " This was a book that made me think in a way I never had before. I think I need to go back and read it again! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suhrob | 1/17/2014

    " Not recommended. I hoped to get some intro into futurism/transhumanism/singularity. Kurzweil describes his concepts briefly and quite handwaveingly in the very beginning and the rest of the book is a long monotonous list useful only if you want to write a near-future/cyberpunk short story and you've run out of ideas. (I'm not subtracting points for being overtly optimistic for his 2009 predictions.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 1/5/2014

    " This book is an extremely optimistic look at what the author believes technology will be able to do in the next century. In the first half the author gives a convincing argument on how and why technology (both man made and non man made) increase at an exponential rate. The ideas are really interesting, and I found them to be extremely compelling. In the second half the author makes specific predictions that I find less believable, but just as fun to think about. This book is a must read for anyone who enjoys both technology and philosophy. I don't know how it compares to his new book Singularity. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Courtney | 12/28/2013

    " Takes a few premises like Moore's Law and runs with it to conclusions that don't seem to follow necessarily. I found it to be a lot of pie in the sky dreaming. Kurzweil is a technological speculator. If I had wanted guessing about A.I. I would've read William Gibson instead. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Addison Hackett | 12/17/2013

    " Interesting, but thick. I started reading it in 1999. There's a bookmark on p. 152. Many things are probably past due, but I will soldier on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erik | 11/21/2013

    " Awesome book that explains the evolution of computer technology and elaborates on the potential social issues that artificially intelligent machines may invoke. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rakan | 11/20/2013

    " we are in great trouble! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew Sikes | 10/22/2013

    " An interesting outline of futurist milestones. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin | 10/22/2013

    " Mind fuck, somewhat depressing, perfect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 10/8/2013

    " Futurist Ray Kurzweil takes us down the rabbit hole of what our future may be like. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Miranda | 7/10/2013

    " I wish I could give this book zero stars. Never again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Wrona-carlile | 10/3/2012

    " Thought provoking to say the least "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/2/2012

    " Actually, I couldn't finish it--too technical and uninteresting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick Wallace | 8/8/2012

    " On the plus side, I'm definitely ready to be immortal and able to download my brain. However, all this talk of the Technology Singularity strikes me, as another commentator put it, as the Christian Rapture with computers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 1/28/2012

    " An exciting and thought-provoking foray into one possible future! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Qa'id | 5/8/2011

    " Way more science than fiction, I would guess. Read Kurzwiel and know stuff before everyone else around you does. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 5/5/2011

    " One of the best books I've read on technology progressing into the 21st century and beyond. Very eye-opening and backed up with a lot of reference material.
    Great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 4/17/2011

    " An abridged audiobook of this title, and thus a pretty good synopsis of Kurzweil's Law of Accelerating Returns and the reasoning behind his technology predictions. Less important but still interesting are seeing how his predictions from 1999 line up with the present. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick | 1/31/2011

    " On the plus side, I'm definitely ready to be immortal and able to download my brain. However, all this talk of the Technology Singularity strikes me, as another commentator put it, as the Christian Rapture with computers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Benjamin | 12/16/2010

    " Maybe this would be better if I read it 10 years before the predictions were meant to happen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandy | 6/26/2010

    " I skim read this book off my husband's bookshelf. It freaked me out. Made me think outside of a box I didn't realize I was in. Some parts over my head. Made me realize I personally interact with machines far more than I like. Where's the balance? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 5/16/2010

    " This was a book that made me think in a way I never had before. I think I need to go back and read it again! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Captain | 4/21/2010

    " Terrific book with accurate predictions and scary futuristic ones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Housegabel | 3/9/2010

    " One of the core books to read in understanding how technology will be changing our society "

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About the Narrator

Alan Sklar, a graduate of Dartmouth, has excelled in his career as a freelance voice actor. He began narrating audiobooks in 1996, winning seven AudioFile Earphones Awards and earning several “Best Voice” awards. He has also worked as a stage actor and as a promo announcer at WPIX-TV in New York City. His dream is to be an opera singer, a role for which he hones his bass-baritone operatic skills in the upstairs shower of his home.