[ExI] Machine Intelligence and Religion

Keith Henson hkeithhenson at gmail.com
Tue Mar 3 22:48:45 UTC 2015

I came late to reading /. and am about to give up on it.  But this
caught my eye.

Machine Intelligence and Religion

Posted by Soulskill on Thursday February 26, 2015 @12:48PM
from the i'm-sorry-dave,-god-can't-let-you-do-that dept.
itwbennett writes:

Earlier this month Reverend Dr. Christopher J. Benek raised eyebrows
on the Internet by stating his belief that Christians should seek to
convert Artificial Intelligences to Christianity if and when they
become autonomous. Of course that's assuming that robots are born
atheists, not to mention that there's still a vast difference between
what it means to be autonomous and what it means to be human. On the
other hand, suppose someone did endow a strong AI with emotion –
encoded, say, as a strong preference for one type of experience over
another, coupled with the option to subordinate reasoning to that
preference upon occasion or according to pattern. what ramifications
could that have for algorithmic decision making?

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