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By Robert M. Geraci

Apocalyptic AI, the desire that we would sooner or later add our minds into machines or our on-line world and stay perpetually, is a shockingly prevalent and influential proposal, affecting every little thing from the area view of on-line players to govt examine investment and philosophical idea. In Apocalyptic AI, Robert Geraci bargains the 1st severe account of this "cyber-theology" and the folks who advertise it.

Drawing on interviews with roboticists and AI researchers and with devotees of the net video game moment lifestyles, between others, Geraci illuminates the tips of such advocates of Apocalyptic AI as Hans Moravec and Ray Kurzweil. He finds that the rhetoric of Apocalyptic AI is strikingly just like that of the apocalyptic traditions of Judaism and Christianity. In either structures, the believer is trapped in a dualistic universe and expects a answer during which she or he might be translated to a transcendent new global and stay endlessly in a glorified new physique. both vital, Geraci exhibits how this worldview shapes our tradition. Apocalyptic AI has develop into a strong strength in sleek tradition. during this impressive quantity, he shines a mild in this trust approach, revealing what it truly is and the way it truly is altering society.

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