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Apocalyptic AI: Visions of Heaven in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality

Robert Geraci


The hope that we might one day upload our minds into robots and, eventually, cyberspace has become commonplace and now affects life across a broad spectrum of western culture. Popular science books on robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) by Hans Moravec, Ray Kurzweil, and others argue that one day advances in robotics, AI and neurobiology will enable us to copy our conscious selves into machines, which will take over the cosmos and live eternally in a perfect world of supremely intelligent Mind. Such views borrow from the apocalyptic traditions of Judaism and Christianity and influence th ... More

Keywords: apocalypticism, artificial intelligence, Kurzweil, online gaming, religion, robot, science, Second Life, technology, virtual reality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195393026
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393026.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Geraci, author
Manhattan College
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