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.
Early next week I will host 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 will discuss 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.
Fred Hoyle imagined a scientific theology with a hierarchy of Gods in the universe, from lower-case local gods all the way to an asymptotic cosmic God that emerges from the physical universe, comes into full being at the end of time, controls space and time with subtle quantum messages and time loops, seeds the universe with Life, and works through Life.
After interviewing my friend Susanne Tarkowski Tempelhof, founder of Bitnation, for my recent Bitcoin Magazine article titled “Bitnation Launches World’s First Blockchain-Based Virtual Nation Constitution,” I am thinking of the parallels between Susanne’s vision of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) “Governance 2.0” and my vision of DIY “Religion 2.0.”
My article “Can Mormonism save Western civilization from Submission?” has been published on The Transfigurist, the blog of the Mormon Transhumanist Association.
In “Virtual reality a new frontier for religions,” published yesterday on Hypergrid Business, I argue that massively popular virtual churches, place of worship and spiritual communities in Virtual Reality (VR) will be developed with next-generation VR systems.
I think religions that provide hope in personal resurrection – either traditional religions based on the “supernatural” or modern, Cosmist religions based on science, might be our best protection from reckless pursuit of superintelligence and other risky technologies.
Last week I sent my article “A minimalist, open, extensible Cosmic Religion” to several mailing lists: turingchurch, cosmic-engineers, transfigurism, christian-transhumanism (Google Groups) and universalimmortalism (Yahoo Groups). This is a summary of the very interesting discussion on the mailing lists and this website.
In “Cosmology is not Geography” (please read it first) I argue that we need a new form of religion, based on awesome cosmic visions and enlightened spirituality (cosmology), without “provincial” mythologies and rituals (geography) and petty lifestyle prescriptions (zoning norms).
In the picture I am with many good friends at the yearly meeting of religious and spiritual transhumanists, the 2014 Conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association. See the video and slides of my talk below.
Researchers believe they have found the signal left in the sky by “inflation” – the idea that the cosmos experienced an exponential growth spurt in its first trillionth, of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second. In related news, surveyors have been climbing and re-measuring some of Britain’s highest peaks, to see if they are high enough to be called mountains. I am sure you see something odd here.
The discussion at the Mormon Transhumanist Association (MTA) Online Discussion Group, 28 December 2013, was again focused on collaboration between the MTA, the Christian Transhumanist Association (CTA), and other religious transhumanist associations that may emerge in the future.
We discussed the creation of an umbrella “Transfigurist Network” for religious transhumanists. This is a continuation of last month online meeting, and a first analysis of the comments and observations received. Your input is requested! If you haven’t participated in the discussion so far, please do!