Like it or not, we are nearing the age of humans creating autonomous, self-aware super intelligences. Those intelligences will be part of our culture, and we will inevitably try to control AI and teach it our ways, for better or worse.
The problem is AIs are bound by logic. Any even half decent AI would see right through the BS of religion.
You are assuming that a self aware A.I won't ask existential questions, and try to find meaning in life. That is all a 'religion' boils down to. The 'religion' of our day is science, with the 'new atheists' acting as high priests and custodians of the deep things of our origins. Everyone has a religion, and everyone has a creed. Yours probably goes something like this... "there is no higher being than humanity, and I am the master of my own destiny..." That is a religious creed. The question is, do you see through your own 'religious' BS?
"there is no higher being than humanity, and I am the master of my own destiny..." The first part i disagree with completely. The universe is far too expansive for earth to be the only planet with life. There is also a high probability that there are planets with life far more advanced than us. As for the second part, i do not believe in "destiny" at all. I do agree that my life and my choices are my own though.
I hear you. It's an intersting argument regarding A.I. and self awareness or self actualisation as some refer to it. I actually disagree with the premise that the article is exploring. Issues of faith and belief will be irrelevant and non-applicable to A.I. In the same way that reproduction, childcare, ageing, and death are irrelevant and non-applicable to A.I. These issues are only applicable to organics, and it's these issues that give rise to the existential questions that humans raise. These existential questions then naturally give rise to a belief in "higher beings" than ourselves. Be they called 'God', 'Cosmic Consiousness', or 'aliens from another dimension'. This then becomes our religion, our mantra. You have one, and I have one. We all have one becasue we are human. Even those who don't believe in God, nearly always beleive in the existence of 'life out there'. Fundamentally humans are unable to accept the concept that they are alone in the multiverse.
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