On 22.03.2013 15:31 Alberto G. Corona said the following:
I a previous discussion in this list ("robotic truth")  I argue that
a robot in a competitive environment has to develop (or be
programmed for) all the elements of  religiĆ³n and beliefs to
cooperate and survive.


The goal of the book of Robert Geraci is different. He is after all a professor of religious studies. His goal were rather to compare typical Christian ideas of Apocalypse with the ideas that one can find in the AI community. The book as such is academic in nature and as a result a bit boring. Yet, he is convincing and the book seems justifie what he writes in the introduction:

p. 7 "Apocaliptic AI is a powerful reconciliation of religion and science. The sacred categories of Jewish and Christian apocalyptic traditions have thoroughly penetrated the futuristic musings of important researches in robotics and artificial intelligence. Those categories have serious effects in robotics research, virtual reality/online gaming, and contemporary disputes over the nature of consciousness and personhood, public policy, and theology."

The author seemingly enjoys it. The book could though be a warning for atheists who fight with Church and forget to check what one can find among AI studies.

Evgenii






2013/3/22 Evgenii Rudnyi <use...@rudnyi.ru>

On 22.03.2013 13:47 Stephen P. King said the following:


On 3/22/2013 7:16 AM, Evgenii Rudnyi wrote:

Quotes from Robert Geraci, Apocalyptic AI: Visions of Heaven
in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality

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