Wednesday, February 04, 2015

When Superintelligent AI Arrives, Will Religions Try to Convert It?

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.
AI with intelligence equal to or beyond human beings is often referred to as "strong AI" orArtificial General Intelligence (AGI). Experts disagree as to when such an intelligence will arrive into the world, but many are betting it will happen sometime in the next two decades. The idea of a thinking machine being able to rival our own intellect—in fact, one that could quickly become far smarter than us—is both a reason for serious concern and a reason to cheer about what scientific advances it might teach us. Those worries and benefits have not escaped religious.
Some faith-bound Americans want to make sure any superintelligence we create knows about God. And if you think the idea of preaching God to autonomous machines sounds crazy, you may be overlooking key statistics of U.S. demographics: roughly 75 percent of adult Americans identify themselves as some denomination of Christianity. In the U.S. Congress, 92 percent of our highest politicians belong to a Christian faith.
As artificial intelligence advances, religious questions and concerns globally are bound to come up, and they're starting too: Some theologians and futurists are already considering whether AI can also know God.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Which Religions Are Best Prepared To Accept Life In Space?

In terms of whether or not Muslims would be prepared for the existence of other planets, as Weintraub explains, the Qur'an seems to make explicit reference to the fact that Earth isn't alone as a planet. With verses such as "Praise be to Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds" (Qur'an 1:2) and "He is the Lord of all like worlds" (Quran 41:09).