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Dan Brown: AI Collective consciousness will replace God

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Yes, that Dan Brown, of da Vinci code fame, on the book tour circuit. From Reuters via Daily Mail:

Brown said technological change and the development of artificial intelligence would transform the concept of the divine.
‘We will start to find our spiritual experiences through our interconnections with each other,’ he said, forecasting the emergence of ‘some form of global consciousness that we perceive and that becomes our divine’.

‘Our need for that exterior god, that sits up there and judges us … will diminish and eventually disappear,’ he added. More.

The perceived “need” for moral judgement disappeared a long time ago, actually. Governments today prefer secular systems where they can make and impose the rules themselves without reference to any moral order beyond their own wishes of the moment.

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10 Replies to “Dan Brown: AI Collective consciousness will replace God

  1. 1
    Mung says:

    This is fiction, right?

  2. 2
    J-Mac says:

    This is fiction, right?

    Nuh…Dan Brown has been writing popular science books since has been a child… lol

  3. 3
    Seversky says:

    I sense another book and movie deal coming on.

  4. 4
    News says:

    Severky at 3, I want space aliens and intelligent apes in starring roles.

  5. 5
    Mark from CO says:

    Shame on Dan Brown. He stole this idea. It’s sounds to eerily like the Borg are coming. Resistance is futile.

    Mark from CO

  6. 6

    The collective…where have I heard that before? This can’t end well.

  7. 7
    LocalMinimum says:

    Dan Brown is a hardly disguised pulp adventure writer, but apparently it’s enough to license him to be taken far too seriously. His (I assume unintentional) parody of Jeremy England’s hypothesis as a magical MacGuffin that handily answers the Big Questions in one deliriously successful simulation is just the latest demonstration of this.

    I’d as soon ask the Wachowski brothers about the impact of AI on society.

  8. 8
    kurx78 says:

    @7 “I’d as soon ask the Wachowski brothers about the impact of AI on society.”
    –And their answer will be probably far better than Brown’s nonsense

  9. 9
    Dionisio says:

    Perhaps one of the reasons nonsense writers like this can be so popular is associated with the fact that we humans are not serious readers or listeners, but frivolously entertain ourselves all the way to the end of our conscious existence on this planet instead.
    We’re supposed to test everything and hold what is good. But we usually do the opposite.
    Pathetically sad.
    Welcome to this world.

  10. 10
    mike1962 says:

    You will be Assimilated. Resistance is futile.

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