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Apocalyptic AI: Visions of Heaven in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality (Hardback)
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Apocalyptic AI: Visions of Heaven in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality (Hardback)

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Hardback 248 Pages / Published: 18/03/2010
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Apocalyptic AI, the hope that we might one day upload our minds into machines and live forever in cyberspace, is a surprisingly wide-spread and influential idea, affecting everything from the world view of online gamers to government research funding and philosophical thought. In Apocalyptic AI, Robert Geraci offers the first serious account of this "cyber-theologyand the people who promote it, drawing on interviews with roboticists and AI researchers and even devotees of the online game Second Life. He points out that the rhetoric of Apocalyptic AI is strikingly similar to that of the apocalyptic traditions of Judaism and Christianity-in both systems the believer is trapped in a dualistic universe and expects a resolution in which he or she will be translated to a transcendent new world and live forever in a glorified new body. Geraci also shows how this worldview exerts significant influence by promoting certain types of research in robotics and artificial intelligence, and has also had an impact on philosophers of mind, theologians, and even legal scholars.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780195393026
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 491 g
Dimensions: 242 x 162 x 21 mm


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Scholars interested in the intersection of popular science and religion will likely find Geraci's work helpful. Portions of the book, especially the chapter on virtual reality and video games, would also be appropriate for the undergraduate classroom. * Journal of Religion and Popular Culture *
Robert Geraci's thoughtful examination of technology-based quests for transcendence offers a serious look at apocalyptic scenarios that, while remaining for now in the realm of science fiction, nonetheless claim significant cultural influence. I don't know when we will see robots with human-like intelligence, but our longing for them, and what that says about us, is what Geraci's book helps us understand. * David S. Touretzky, Research Professor of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University *

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