Geraci, "Apocalyptic AI"
Robert Geraci is the foremost scholar artificial intelligence and religion. In this essay he analyzes how contemporary AI plays with typical apocalyptic themes. Read this article first, since it offers an academic's overview of the AI movement.
Kurzweil, "And Bodies," The Age of Spiritual Machines
In this chapter from his popular book, futurist Ray Kurzweil explores the future of human bodies and posits a specifically religious part of the brain. This text is a blend of scholarship, speculation, philosophy, and religion. As you read it, think about how you are reacting to Kurzweil's ideas and writing style.
Two YouTube Videos
This trailer is for an adaptation of Kurzweil's most recent book of predictions. Note the mixed genres.
RP 3b due
If you didn't write a paper for Monday, you can turn one in for Tuesday's class on the following prompt:
Summarize and analyze at least 2 of the similarities that Geraci draws between contemporary AI enthusiasts and Jewish and Christian apocalypticism. What are some of the reasons for these similarities? Do you think Kurzweil is a kind of religious figure?
Looking forward to your comments!