A Quick Thought on Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Philosophy of Religion

God may well not exist -- yet. But it's not unlikely that beings with godlike qualities will exist in the not so distant future, viz., certain forms of artificial superintelligence, as well as humans and other finite sentient beings, who will create/have created sim worlds. We will then have theological knowledge. In particular, we will know of the existence and nature of god(s).  Many other topics in philosophy of religion will also become lively, such as:

-What sorts of attitudes are appropriate, or at least permissible, toward these beings?
-Can these beings generate obligations for us? Will they have obligations to us?
-What sorts of relationships are appropriate between humans and these beings?

Given the likely prospects of artificial intelligence and artificial superintelligence, the future of philosophy of religion is bright indeed. The journey has just begun.

1 comment:

Kenny said...

On this topic, if you have not already, you simply MUST read Isaac Asimov's "The Last Question".

Elliott Sober Discusses his New Book on the Design Argument...

...on New Books Network . Thanks to Yujin Nagasawa for the pointer.