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Spirituality in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Power, Philippa M. (2011) Spirituality in the Age of Artificial Intelligence. Master of Arts (minor thesis) thesis, UNSPECIFIED.

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    Abstract

    My purpose is to explore the future for its spirituality. I will analyse specific futuristic predictions and debates about artificial intelligence (AI), centring on Ray Kurzweil’s concept of evolutionary technology culminating in The Singularity, a predicted time when human, but largely artificial intelligence, will dominate life as we know it. Kurzweil’s technological milieu of AI, enhanced humans and spiritual machines will be considered for its philosophical roots, its significance to consciousness and free will and its fit with theological notions of eschata. I suggest that the evolution of scientific knowledge has coincided with more tolerant, compassionate and productive spirituality in which forgiveness becomes imperative and conclude that there is much to be learnt about the human condition and spirituality from progress in artificial intelligence.

    Item Type: Theses (Master of Arts (minor thesis))
    Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
    Keywords (separated by commas): Future spirituality, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Ray Kurzweil, evolutionary technology, The Singularity, enhanced humans, spiritual machines, consciousness, free will, eschata, forgiveness, hope
    Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
    Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
    Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
    Subject Area(s): D - Spirituality and Spiritual Direction
    Association with University of Divinity: Sentir: Graduate School for Spiritual Formation
    Depositing User: Cate Headey
    Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2011 10:05
    Last Modified: 16 Oct 2012 10:05
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/880

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