“Immaterial” Impact of the Apocalypse
Apocalyptic AI predictions have garnered so much attention that—in combination with rapidly progressing robotic technology—widespread public attention has focused upon how human beings and robots should and will relate to one another as machines get smarter. The influence of Apocalyptic AI extends to philosophical and scientific discussions about consciousness (especially in arguments over whether machines can or will be conscious), legal scholarship (where the rights of machines are debated) and moral and theological reasoning (in which both AI experts and theologians have considered the moral implications of conscious machines and wondered whether those machines will engage in human religious practice). Far from being irrelevant or easily dismissed as fantasy, Apocalyptic AI and its advocates have become major forces in contemporary culture.
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