Video Q/A with Robert Geraci

The fusion of East and West: Video Q/A with Robert Geraci

Yesterday I hosted an online video chat with Robert Geraci, the author of “Apocalyptic AI: Visions of Heaven in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality” (Oxford 2010) and “Virtually Sacred: Myth and Meaning in World of Warcraft and Second Life” (Oxford 2014). We discussed Robert’s exploration of religion, science, and technology in contemporary India, and the prospect of “Akashic Engineering” as a fusion of East and West, science and religion. Full video and slides below.

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Video:

See “The prospect of Akashic Engineering: preliminary thoughts on a fusion of East and West, science and religion” for the discussion themes and questions sent to Robert before the chat. Watch the video for Robert’s comments and answers. Robert gave me a lot of ideas, which will be the object of another post, forthcoming.

Slides with questions and discussion themes, used in the Q/A:

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Video Q/A with Robert Geraci

  • spud100

    I don’t see what Robert Geraci had to say as helpful to this direction. He seemed more interested in the political ramifications, rather then the scientific plausibility of ‘restoration.’ It was good to have his skeptical input, nevertheless. My sense of things, however badly, I conceive of them, is the route which treats the humans, animals, and past biomes, as the means to do resurrection, either 3D of in a magical 2D virtual realm.

    If Akashic engineering is anything, it is a database, or a storage are network, all rolled into a single software package. It could refer to Einstein’s old Block Universe, made up from reference frames. My suspicion is that if the physicists and astronomers decide to look for aspects of computer technology, that we deal with commercially, today, they will discover its analog in nature. Can we data mine the past Minkowski light cone? Is it possible in principle to do this? These are the questions that need to be asked for this pursuit. Once it seems with the range of possibility, we can present it for the kiddies to do, so they can, in turn, present it to their children, and so on, and so forth, till we can have a large family reunion, maybe with some dinosaurs as pets?

    • Giulio Prisco

      From Robert, what I wanted was a “political” perspective, and he offered one. The first steps on the long road to Akashic Engineering will also depend on how our ideas are received in academic and religious circles.

      If all brilliant young researchers stay away from our ideas because they are too dangerous for their career, we won’t advance much. The relevant part of the discussion is at the end in the Q/A.