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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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Transcending Reality

Transcending Reality

Chapter:
(p.72) Three Transcending Reality
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Apocalyptic AI
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Robert M. Geraci (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393026.003.0003

The worldview espoused in Apocalyptic AI pop science plays a role in massively multiplayer online games, as shown by the presence of transhumanist religious groups (such as the Order of Cosmic Engineers) in Second Life but also by the interest shown by that world’s inhabitants who frequently desire a permanent shift to life online even when they are not explicitly transhumanists. Virtual reality has become sacred space for many online gamers, who acquire powerful communities, meaning and purpose through their online activities. Such religiosity inclines many toward transhumanist goals of transcending the human condition, especially through the possibility of uploading consciousness into virtual reality.

Keywords:   Extropia, massively multiplayer online game, mind upload, Second Life, transhumanism, video game, virtual reality

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