By Robert M. Geraci
Apocalyptic AI, the wish that we'd at some point add our minds into machines or our on-line world and reside without end, is a shockingly frequent and influential suggestion, affecting every thing from the area view of on-line players to executive learn investment and philosophical idea. In Apocalyptic AI, Robert Geraci bargains the 1st severe account of this "cyber-theology" and the folks who put it on the market. Drawing on interviews with roboticists and AI researchers and with devotees of the web online game moment existence, between others, Geraci illuminates the guidelines 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 within which she or he should be translated to a transcendent new global and reside ceaselessly in a glorified new physique. both very important, Geraci indicates how this worldview shapes our tradition. for example, Apocalyptic AI has encouraged investment enterprises comparable to the nationwide technology origin, assisting to prioritize robotics and AI study. It has develop into the ideology of selection for on-line players, reminiscent of these all for moment existence; it has had a profound influence at the learn of the brain; and it has encouraged scientists and theologians alike to ask yourself in regards to the large robots of the long run. may still we expect of robots as folks? what sort of morality could clever robots espouse? Apocalyptic AI has turn into a robust strength in glossy tradition. during this tremendous quantity, Robert Geraci shines a mild in this trust process, revealing what it really is and the way it really is altering society.
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As the faithful are lifted into the transcendent new world, they must take on new forms. “We will not all die,” says Paul, “but we will all be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:51; see also 2 Corinthians 5:1–4). We will all need bodies in the new kingdom but those bodies must be altogether superior to the ones we have now. God must, therefore, act to transform human bodies into angelic bodies. In ancient Jewish and Christian apocalyptic traditions, the saved share the glory of celestial bodies (which were believed to be angels).
Kurzweil believes that his Law of Accelerating Returns absolutely guarantees that noninvasive scanning technologies, such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) will soon allow scientists to scan and record the estimated 100 trillion neural connections in a human brain (Kurzweil 1999, 123). That we are nowhere close to understanding the brain or even looking at it carefully is no discouragement to the apocalyptic imagination. The LAR will, says Kurzweil, quickly dispel such problems. Once we learn how to upload our minds into computers, we will be but a short step from our eventual salvation in the transcendent world of cyberspace.
P O P S C I E N C E R E V I E W : A W H O ’ S W H O O F A P O C A LY P T I C A I Hans Moravec and Ray Kurzweil are the two most signiﬁcant ﬁgures in Apocalyptic AI, but they also have additional support. Luminaries such as Marvin Minsky and Allen Newell have applauded their ideas, as have other researchers, including Kevin Warwick and Hugo de Garis. Like Moravec and Kurzweil, Warwick and de Garis have written entire books that oﬀer evidence in support of the AI apocalypse and advocate it on morally normative grounds.
Apocalyptic AI: Visions of Heaven in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality by Robert M. Geraci