A report on Spiritual Machines

Select The Age of Spiritual Machines excerpts voiced by author Ray Kurzweil were incorporated into the album.
Guitarist Mike Turner posing with Spiritual Machines artwork.
Maida, Turner and Coutts during the original Spiritual Machines tour.

Fourth studio album by the Canadian alternative rock band Our Lady Peace, released by Columbia Records in December 2000.

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Our Lady Peace performing in 2009

Our Lady Peace

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Canadian rock band formed in Toronto, Ontario in 1992.

Canadian rock band formed in Toronto, Ontario in 1992.

Our Lady Peace performing in 2009
Raine Maida co-founded the band with Mike Turner in 1992
Jeremy Taggart joined the band as drummer in April 1993
The exact circumstances surrounding former lead guitarist Mike Turner's 2001 departure are disputed

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

Maida performing with Our Lady Peace in 2010

Raine Maida

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Canadian musician best known as being the lead vocalist and primary songwriter of the alternative rock band Our Lady Peace.

Canadian musician best known as being the lead vocalist and primary songwriter of the alternative rock band Our Lady Peace.

Maida performing with Our Lady Peace in 2010
Maida performing solo in 2007
Maida during a 2008 interview

Maida has also been producing music since 1999, when he co-produced Our Lady Peace's albums Happiness...Is Not a Fish That You Can Catch and Spiritual Machines.

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

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

Spiritual Machines 2

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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.

Happiness... Is Not a Fish That You Can Catch

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Third studio album by Canadian alternative rock band Our Lady Peace.

Third studio album by Canadian alternative rock band Our Lady Peace.

Touring effectively ended after Summersault as the band had announced work for a brand new studio album, Spiritual Machines which they had been working on since before the festival and which would be completed and released in Canada before the end of the year.

Life (Our Lady Peace song)

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Song by Canadian rock group Our Lady Peace.

Song by Canadian rock group Our Lady Peace.

It was released in December 2000 as the second single from their fourth studio album, Spiritual Machines and the most successful from that album.

In Repair

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Song by Canadian alternative rock group Our Lady Peace.

Song by Canadian alternative rock group Our Lady Peace.

It was released in November 2000 as the lead single from their fourth studio album Spiritual Machines.

Gravity (Our Lady Peace album)

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Fifth studio album by the Canadian rock band Our Lady Peace.

Fifth studio album by the Canadian rock band Our Lady Peace.

After wrapping up the Spiritual Machines Tour in late 2001, Our Lady Peace were becoming restless and dangerously close to breaking up.

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.

Right Behind You (Mafia)

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Song by Canadian alternative rock group Our Lady Peace.

Song by Canadian alternative rock group Our Lady Peace.

It was released in July 2001 as the third and final single from their fourth studio album, Spiritual Machines.