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Apocalyptic AIVisions of Heaven in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality$
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Robert Geraci

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195393026

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393026.001.0001

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Apocalyptic AI

Apocalyptic AI

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Apocalyptic AI

Robert M. Geraci (Contributor Webpage)

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Apocalyptic AI is a movement that exemplifies the longstanding connection between religion and science in the western world. The movement, based on popular science books by Hans Moravec and Ray Kurzweil, shares the theological categories of apocalyptic Judaism and Christianity: a dualistic worldview, a sense of alienation, an expectation of the end of alienation in a transcendent new world, and occupation in the new world in glorified new bodies. Apocalyptic AI is the belief that mind and body struggle with one another in a battle that has so far, inevitably, been won by the body but which will see our minds victorious when we can upload them into cyberspace where we will live forever with virtual bodies.

Keywords:   apocalypticism, artificial intelligence, history, Kurzweil, religion, robot, science, technology, theology

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