Quotes from Robert Geraci, Apocalyptic AI: Visions of Heaven in
Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality
p. 133 "Ray Kurzweil believes that intelligent machines will be more
spiritual than human being and believes that the future will include
real and virtual houses of worship where intelligent machines will
congregate (Kurzweil 1999, 153). Naturally, since all human mental
phenomena are, from Kurzweil's point of view, computational processes,
religious experiences must be as well. "
p. 133-134 "Some human being, however, might welcome robots into their
religious communities and some robots might wish to join them.
Fundamentally, if robots become conscious and, thereafter, acquire
'beliefs', a state that involves intentionality and meaning, then some
of those beliefs will surely be religious. Both theologians and computer
scientists have supported such a view, including Anne Foerst, David
Levy, and Edmund Furse."
p. 134 "The artificial intelligence researcher David Levy has argued
that robots will join in religious practices as a necessary by-product
of their emotional range and conscious beliefs."
p. 134 "Without doubt, the interest that computer scientists have in the
religious life of robots is fascinating but the fact that theologians
have engaged robotics is considerably more so."
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