Apocalyptic AI: Visions of Heaven in Robotics, Artificial by Robert M. Geraci

By Robert M. Geraci

Apocalyptic AI, the wish that we would someday add our minds into machines or our on-line world and dwell without end, is a shockingly normal and influential concept, affecting every thing from the area view of on-line players to executive study investment and philosophical concept. In Apocalyptic AI, Robert Geraci deals the 1st critical account of this "cyber-theology" and the folk who put up for sale. Drawing on interviews with roboticists and AI researchers and with devotees of the net online game moment lifestyles, between others, Geraci illuminates the tips of such advocates of Apocalyptic AI as Hans Moravec and Ray Kurzweil. He finds that the rhetoric of Apocalyptic AI is strikingly just like that of the apocalyptic traditions of Judaism and Christianity. In either platforms, the believer is trapped in a dualistic universe and expects a solution during which she or he should be translated to a transcendent new global and dwell perpetually in a glorified new physique. both vital, Geraci indicates how this worldview shapes our tradition. for example, Apocalyptic AI has stimulated investment businesses similar to the nationwide technology starting place, aiding to prioritize robotics and AI examine. It has turn into the ideology of selection for on-line avid gamers, corresponding to these all for moment lifestyles; it has had a profound influence at the research of the brain; and it has encouraged scientists and theologians alike to ask yourself concerning the great robots of the longer term. should still we predict of robots as folks? what sort of morality could clever robots espouse? Apocalyptic AI has turn into a strong strength in sleek tradition. during this magnificent quantity, Robert Geraci shines a mild in this trust process, revealing what it's and the way it truly is altering society.

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The “inhabited portions of the universe will be rapidly transformed into a cyberspace, where overt physical activity is imperceptible, but the world inside the computation is astronomically rich” (Moravec 1999, 164). , 165). The transmutation to Mind will provide the universe with meaning. “Physical activity will gradually transform itself into a web of increasingly pure thought, where every smallest interaction represents a meaningful computation” (Moravec 1999, 164). This move will resolve the basic dualism of Apocalyptic AI.

Although such language was originally metaphorical (as in Isaiah or the promise of the resurrection of Israel in Ezekiel 37), 1 Enoch offers a literal expectation of the world’s recreation in Jewish apocalypticism (J. Collins 2000b, 141) and this became the standard interpretation of divine promises. John sees a New Jerusalem descending from heaven; in the New Jerusalem, death and sadness will be wiped away (Revelation 21:2–4). God will erase all the Jews’ and Christians’ political problems. In the New Kingdom, no one needs to worry whether he or she should pay taxes to Caesar!

Just like the world to which they go. Apocalyptic ideology has surpassed the traditional boundaries of Jewish and Christian theology and has become instrumental in American popular culture. Modern apocalyptic fervor includes prophecy belief among Christians (Boyer 2000, 293–339) but also pop culture apocalypticism in which human intellect, rather than divine providence, is expected to bring about apocalyptic salvation (Schoepflin 2000, 427). Perhaps as a result of the alleged “generational sensibility” of those who grew up in the shadow of the atomic bomb during the Cold War (O’Leary 2000, 393), authors, musicians, moviemakers, and even scientists apocalyptic ai 21 imagine the world in apocalyptic terms (O’Leary 2000).

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