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The Gizmodo article “When Superintelligent AI Arrives, Will Religions Try to Convert It?” by my good friend Zoltan Istvan has gone viral and created a wave of articles about religion in the time of superintelligence.
So. We’re still doing that whole “Westernized Manichean Good Vs Evil Original Sin Theology Will Be A Thing A Machine Consciousness Cares
About Unless We Convince It That It Should” thing, then?
All right, I
guess, but mightn’t it do us a world of good to try some non-dual,
non-western approaches to a notion of both the self and moral
responsibility? Something like the principles of Buddhism and Taoism,
where the self/Soul is an interconnected and interdependent expression
of elements of universal change, which survival depends on the
maintenance of the whole, rather than a set of post-death rewards?
mean, if we’re going to apply the principles of religious scholarship to
the theorizing about and development OF machine minds, then let’s do
some deep, DEEP diving here, rather that retreading the same old ground.