AI and Religious Beliefs
This lecture addresses the potential links between AI and religious belief, which include the question of whether an artificial “superintelligence”, were one to arise, would be well-disposed towards us. Religious traditions historically assume that creations are well disposed to those who made them. The lecture also looks at the recent US cults claiming to be ready to worship such a “super-intelligence”, if and when it emerges, as well as other futurist discourse on “Transhumanism” and its roots in 18th-century rationalism. I will also look at recent attempts by religious groups to make use of AI developments like chatbots.
Date: 6 May 2020, 13:00 (Wednesday, 2nd week, Trinity 2020)
Venue: Venue to be announced
Speaker: Professor Yorick Wilks (Kellogg College)
Organising department: Oxford Internet Institute
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Host: Dr Victoria Nash (The Oxford Internet Institute,University of Oxford)
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Cost: FREE
Audience: Public
Editor: Isabelle Malcolm