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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: 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
Subjects: D - Spirituality and Spiritual Direction
College/Association with University of Divinity: Sentir: Graduate School for Spiritual Formation
Depositing User: Cate Headey
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2011 00:05
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2012 23:05
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/880

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