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  1. On the subject of an artificial body and post-mortem existence, there is a statement by the Dalai Lama. He was asked if there could be an artificial intelligence like a human, and he said that if scientists create a shell that meets the conditions for the embodiment of the mind in it, then such an existence will become possible. In other words, a robot that embodies intelligence will need to be treated in the same way as other living beings. You can't kill him, lie to him, etc.

  2. Artificial intelligence will not be proof of the fallacy of religious ideas about the immaterial soul and the afterlife.

    The main thing in a person not his material body, but his mind/consciousness/intellect/culture/soul-an immaterial information component of a person-only for this a person is respected and appreciated.

  3. Just make a reservation that the following is, as they say, IMHO. I don't claim to be the ultimate truth 🙂

    Artificial intelligence, if it is created, will think in completely different categories than we do. Our perception of the world is based on biological instincts: self-preservation, reproduction. And our entire psyche is, roughly speaking, a superstructure above them. Religion, God-this is a natural need of our psyche.

    This is not typical for a car. Moreover, it wouldn't mean anything to her. I doubt that a sufficiently intelligent mechanism will be anything like us.

    In other words, the question of whether there is a God will simply not make sense for the machine.

  4. No, of course not. Purely logically, without a decision about how it really is, the existence of something artificial does not refute other forms of the existence of this phenomenon.

    Creating an artificial mind – it has actually been created, although not very complicated, but this is already a technical question. And the fact that this is possible was clear for a very long time. Systems that change their state depending on the external environment and produce a solution are generally purely mechanical.

    Sort items by size. It is not difficult to come up with a mechanism for this-a gutter with holes of different sizes. This is the most primitive reason. The computer differs from such schemes not qualitatively, but quantitatively.

    But to the artificial intelligence, which has self-awareness, approaches are not yet visible. The fact that this is only a very complex understanding is still postulated based on the fact that otherwise it is impossible to imagine.

    But even if an artificial consciousness is created, there are no fundamental religious problems here. Of course, people will be treated differently.

    In the Abrahamic religions, only God is immortal and immaterial; all others, including souls, are at least partially material and immortal only by virtue of their support from God. Strictly dogmatically, it is not decided what state the soul is in after death until the general resurrection. Why not assume, for example, that God saves the configuration of matter that defines the soul, just as we save a computer session in hyperson mode until the next time we turn it on?

    By the way, I wonder if the artificial consciousness will create its own religion or join the existing one? )

  5. If you are referring to a computer-based artificial intelligence, then creating it will confirm that:

    1. Intelligence in the form of software and data can be transferred to another hardware. If the old iron is put in the coffin, then we have an afterlife.

    2. Intelligence in the form of software and data may not depend on the material carrier. That is, in a sense, the mind is not very attached to matter.

    Religion in general is very rational from an evolutionary point of view, you just need to realize that evolution has moved from the genetic to the cultural level, and religion is a replacement for overcome instincts and the basis of culture.

    Accordingly, the soul is a person's culture (and it is slightly immaterial). The afterlife is about children, students, and followers.

  6. When a self-improving artificial intelligence is created, it will be something closest to what we now call God. How much this God will be similar to what is described in historical religious books, and where all this will be a person as a living being, it is difficult to say, this is the singularity… we'll see soon enough.

  7. And why not a confirmation of these ideas? Actually, the creation of artificial intelligence indicates that intelligence can be created artificially. But it does not confirm the idea that the mind was created by chance.

  8. The soul and the mind are two different things.

    Souls are created for spiritual growth, which is mainly designed to acquire it(growth) through life choices (actions) based on feelings, not on reason.

    Even if an artificial intelligence is created, scientists will definitely not be able to give it feelings.

    So the answer to the question is NO! This will not prove the error of religious beliefs about the soul.

  9. I'm not entirely sure that mind and soul are the same thing. Moreover, in our lifetime this will definitely not happen – how the brain works is known only in terms of mechanisms, but there are so many nerve cells that it is impossible to do this. We have a big brain, but there are all sorts of insects, snakes – that's even their nervous system no one can imitate.

    If it turns out, and if it turns out, in fact, that the mind and soul are one and the same (from the point of view of theology), then this does not prove anything. When God drives Adam and Eve out of his Garden, he says, “Now you are one of us” (after the apple). This phrase can easily be used to explain that a person can also create a soul (or God through a person). And you can say that the Lord specifically allowed this to test the strength of your faith. In general, a person is not able to prove the absence or presence of the All-powerful and Omnipotent. Believers may also say that atheists simply believe that there is no God.

    What was the joke: And can an All-powerful and All-powerful God create a stone that he cannot lift himself?”

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