Apocalyptic AI: Visions of Heaven in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality

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INDEX
Actant, 176
Afterlife, 89, 145
Age of Exploration, 169n6
Age of Mind, 31, 34–36. See also Apocalyptic AI; Mind Fire
Age of Robots, 31–32, 198n1
Albertus Magnus, Saint, 58, 154
Alchemy, 59, 151–55, 168n1, 195n6, 195n11, 196n19, 196n20
ALICE (chat bot), 113–14
Allen, Frederick Lewis, 11, 54
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Robots, 123, 189n26
Anderson, Benedict, 178n20
Apocalypse
AI apocalypse, 14, 21, 26, 28, 30–31, 38, 67, 71, 85, 135, 174n46, 180n39, 193n60, 198n1
characteristics of the genre, 14, 17–19
comparison of AI apocalypse and Jewish or Christian apocalypses, 9, 14, 171n25, 173n38, 173n40 193n60
as literary genre, 14–15, 17
Apocalyptic AI
alienation in, 9, 25–27
bodies in, 9, 33, 139, 170n12, 173n37, 175n53, 177n8 (see also Virtual bodies)
death and immortality in, 1, 9, 22, 26, 31, 32, 36, 58, 59, 63, 67, 84, 86, 89, 100, 102, 103, 116, 127, 136, 137, 139–41, 173n38, 174n49, 178n25, 179n29, 183n23, 193n60
definition of, 1, 8, 9, 24, 36–37
dualism in, 9, 24–25, 30, 31, 35, 37, 39, 139, 182n11
eternity in, 35, 98, 193n60
and evolution, 14, 37
as funding strategy, 2–3, 25–26, 38, 41, 56, 60–62, 64–66, 68–70, 71, 138, 140, 150, 179n26, 180n41, 180n42
geopolitical and historical presence, 21, 44, 70, 123–24
gods in, 14, 69, 101
influence in policy debates, 4, 7, 38, 66–68, 106–7, 118–24, 137–38, 140–41, 143
influence in the study of mind, 4, 38, 106–7, 109, 115, 117–18, 137–38, 140–41, 143, 187n6, 187n7
influence in theological and moral debates, 4–5, 7, 38, 106–7, 124–38, 140–41, 143
influence in virtual worlds (see Virtual worlds)
information patterns as minds in, 4, 34, 37, 98, 103, 107, 109, 126, 138, 139, 141, 187n10
as integration of religion and science 2, 5–6, 46, 63, 68, 139, 143–45
key intellectual figures, 21–24
learning and memory in, 26–27, 33, 109, 173n40
likeliness of predicted outcomes, 2, 34, 37

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction 1
  • One - Apocalyptic AI 8
  • Two - Laboratory Apocalypse 39
  • Three - Transcending Reality 72
  • Four - "Immaterial" Impact of the Apocalypse 106
  • Five - The Integration of Religion, Science, and Technology 139
  • Appendix One - The Rise of the Robots 147
  • Appendix Two - In the Defense of Robotics 161
  • Notes 167
  • References 199
  • Index 223
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