Artificial Intelligence’s Religious Venture
Artificial Intelligence(AI) has become ubiquitous in our lives today and the fact it has its finger in the religious pie proves it. There is even a church of AI founded by a Ex Google employee Anthony Levandowsk, the religion itself is called the Way of the Future (WOTF).
“Man creates for himself a new religion of a rational and technical order to justify his work and be justified by it.” - Jacques Ellul,in his 1954 work The Technological Society
Why An Artificial Intelligence Religion?
It has been held for years that science and religion do not intermingle. So why has Artificial Intelligence ventured into religion? It is because man cannot and will not live without religion.
Religion and spirituality have faced attacks from times immemorial. Philosophers like Nietzsche, Socrates etc have shaken the very foundation of religious beliefs. The modern atheist continue to hammer religion all around; however, religion continues to thrive because human life is intrinsically entwined with God, religion and spirituality.
Anthony Levandowski’s idea of God
"What is going to be created will effectively be a god. It's not a god in the sense that it makes lightning or causes hurricanes. But if there is something a billion times smarter than the smartest human, what else are you going to call it?" - Anthony Levandowsk
The Possible Reasons For Artificial Intelligence And Robotics To Venture Into Religion
The failings of the religious organization and rather the lack of people entering into religious roles may have led to this.
The failing of priests be it in the catholic religion or Hinduism or Christianity may have contributed to it. Scandals of pedophile exploitation, gay and sexual molestation by priest have led to people to leave or adopt a negative attitude towards religion in large numbers.
Another reason is that Scripture has always been subject to interpretation and each sect or each individual has his/her own interpretation of these, sometimes even bent to benefit their greed. With AI this issue may be resolved to some extent.
"We should think about how 'machines' will integrate into society (and even have a path for becoming in charge as they become smarter and smarter) so that this whole process can be amicable and not confrontational." Anthony Levandowski
Will Artificial Intelligence Become An Established Religion?
It maybe possible for a few reasons.
Isaac Asimov’s stories and movies like ‘The Matrix, iRobot and maybe others too have already portrayed the machine as a god for a long time now.
People have always worshiped kings, snakes, dragons, nature which has been a fierce threat to them. They have always worshiped those forms that could kill or destroy them or believed to be more superior like the stars and the planets.
When AI become smarter than humans, which is bound to happen at the pace deep learning and machine learning is going Ai may find itself worshiped. But then thanks to Anthony Levandowski AI already has a church, a creed and even a Gospel called the manual.
God and spirituality have been associated with miracles and superpowers, when AI is able to accomplish those that man thought impossible AI will easily be venerated as a deity.
The inability of religions to adapt to the changes that happen in society maybe another reason why people will look for other gods.
I invite you to join me in the following Querlo chat we will discuss various other aspects of Artificial Intelligence in religion
Current use for AI in religion
Would AI strengthen our faith
Would it shake our faith
Would AI lord it over us
Will AI convert us
Artificial Intelligence has become ubiquitous and it is no surprise that it has ventured into religion. God is one of man’s core beliefs and it some ways it is important for AI to have its own take on God and religion to assert its supremacy.
Man has always worshiped what he fears and the day is not far when he will worship AI, his own creation out of fear and reverence to its superiority.
Its amazing that all our knowledge, rationalization and understanding should lead us back to a god, not The God of all creation but the one who was created in our image and likeness.
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