Apocalyptic AI: Religion, Artificial Intelligence, and the End of the World (as We Know It) | 11th Annual Garfield Forum
Free and open to the public
Can machines be spiritual? Might they eventually evolve into self-conscious, moral agents akin to human persons? Can they help humans transcend the great existential dilemmas addressed by religion—why are we here? how should we live? and why must we die? Might they save humans from themselves by engineering intelligent solutions to the injustice, strife, and suffering that has forever burdened the human condition? Or will artificial intelligence spell the end of humanity? The 2018 Garfield Forum considers AI as a kind of religious quest with real world consequences. It puts Sylvester Johnson and Robert Geraci, scholars doing cutting-edge research on religion and AI, in conversation with Jerry Kaplan, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and futurist. This year’s forum is moderated by Kathryn Gin Lum (Stanford Religious Studies).