Religion seems to me to be created in people’s minds. The gods people believe in are virtual ones. Now a former engineer at Google has started a religion overtly originating in the human mind. It is a god from artificial intelligence.
All religions, so far as I know, claim to be based on so called natural events like weather, etc. This new religion is based exclusively on man made computers.
In a way, a religion based on artificial intelligence makes perfect sense. The Christian god almost always thinks the religious individual is doing fine. This god approves of what each believer concludes is “the truth” and has great affection for those that believe in him/her. In that way, current gods are created in the same way computers are created.
For example, I may ask my god about this blog. The god will say my blog is a good one and my “calling” is to continue writing. When people ask me why I writing it I could respond truthfully it is what my god wants me to do.
If I were making a god through artificial intelligence I would program in a statement, “I approve of your blog.” Then, when I asked that god about my blog he/she would approve.
There are pundits saying an artificial intelligence god is an evil idea. If people start to worship this god, it is said, they may abandon the “real” god.
If it turns out both kinds of gods say the same thing, it will not matter.