Our Lady Peace performing in 2009
Select The Age of Spiritual Machines excerpts voiced by author Ray Kurzweil were incorporated into the album.
Raine Maida co-founded the band with Mike Turner in 1992
Guitarist Mike Turner posing with Spiritual Machines artwork.
Jeremy Taggart joined the band as drummer in April 1993
Maida, Turner and Coutts during the original Spiritual Machines tour.
The exact circumstances surrounding former lead guitarist Mike Turner's 2001 departure are disputed

Spiritual Machines is the fourth studio album by the Canadian alternative rock band Our Lady Peace, released by Columbia Records in December 2000.

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Spiritual Machines 2 is the tenth studio album from Canadian alternative rock band Our Lady Peace, a sequel to their 2000 art rock concept album Spiritual Machines.

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In August 2020, the band announced that they would be releasing a direct sequel to the album, titled Spiritual Machines 2, which was released in 2022.

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Having released three studio albums with only moderate success between 2009 and 2018, their sequel album Spiritual Machines 2 was released in 2021.

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In 2000, the band recorded and released Spiritual Machines, a concept album inspired by Ray Kurzweil's book The Age of Spiritual Machines.

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Turner in September 2001

Mike Turner (musician)

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English-born Canadian musician and producer.

English-born Canadian musician and producer.

Turner in September 2001
Turner in September 2001

He is best known as the former lead guitarist and founding member of the band Our Lady Peace and current member of alternative rock supergroup Crash Karma.

In the summer of 2021, Our Lady Peace frontman Raine Maida announced that Mike Turner was involved with the production of their tenth studio album, Spiritual Machines 2.

Maida stated that it wouldn't "be right" to make a sequel to Spiritual Machines without Turner.

The Age of Spiritual Machines

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Non-fiction book by inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil about artificial intelligence and the future course of humanity.

Non-fiction book by inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil about artificial intelligence and the future course of humanity.

Ray Kurzweil in 2006
Time periods between key events in human history shrink exponentially in a chart by Kurzweil depicting his law of accelerating returns.
A simple artificial neural network.
Kurzweil shows that computer power is growing exponentially.
Molecular-sized gears are an example of nanotechnology.
Luddites smashing loom; Kurzweil predicts there will be a similar reaction to intelligent machines.
Kurzweil says a universe infused with intelligence may be able to decide its own fate, perhaps avoiding the "big crunch" depicted here.
John Searle believes computers cannot be conscious; he says they can only manipulate meaningless symbols.

The Canadian rock band Our Lady Peace based their 2000 concept album Spiritual Machines on The Age of Spiritual Machines. They recruited Kurzweil to voice several tracks, on which he read select passages from the book.

On October 29th, 2021, Our Lady Peace released a sequel album, Spiritual Machines 2, as an NFT that was made available on January 28, 2022, in traditional formats.