Many people are discussing the time when so much knowledge and wisdom will be packed into a computer it will be, or seem to be, “all knowing”. This prospect might cause people to believe it had the same magical qualities attributed to gods and they would start to worship the program.
What I found most fascinating in the link was a woman who said this would be tragic because programmers would inevitably create something in their own image. Many of us who are non believers think has happened already. That is, a god is made of the human’s notion of what it should look and be like. A god comes from artificial intelligence.
Reading through the link, one sees several expressions of concern that people will worship something created by man. That is, idolatry. It is almost humorous they cannot see the irony of worrying about a man-created computer that answers questions from the Bible when man created the Bible itself.
Many of us have smart phones with the voice of “Siri”. You ask “Siri” a question and she gives you an answer. There are other gadgets one can buy that sit on a table and answer questions.
It takes little imagination to see that programming a human voice like a “Siri” to answer deep questions about sin, life and death is available to religions and cults of all kinds. Maybe there will be more gods than ever.
The artificial intelligence of tomorrow will be like the Bible of today.