When Artificial Intelligence Becomes Even More Realistic, Will Machines Become Targets for Religious Conversion? February 6, 2015

When Artificial Intelligence Becomes Even More Realistic, Will Machines Become Targets for Religious Conversion?

If artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly becoming a part of our society, and if the machines seem to have minds of their own, then Christians may have found their next targets for conversion:

“I don’t see Christ’s redemption limited to human beings,” Reverend Dr. Christopher J. Benek told me in a recent interview. Benek is an Associate Pastor of Providence Presbyterian Church in Florida and holds masters degrees in divinity and theology from Princeton University.

“It’s redemption to all of creation, even AI,” he said. “If AI is autonomous, then we have should encourage it to participate in Christ’s redemptive purposes in the world.”

Now that’s scary… though it is a fun game to think about what religion robots would be since they have access to the world’s information. Religion thrives on ignorance. So if a machine knows the facts about science, could it also make sense of a religion that denies it? How would it handle the Bible with all its contradictions?

Anyway, there’s one upside to machines adopting a faith: If Siri starts proselytizing, I might finally have a reason to put my phone down.

(Image via Shutterstock. Thanks to Larry for the link)


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