Artificial intelligence as religion: an evolutionary account and philosophical study

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dc.contributor.advisor Murphy, Orla en
dc.contributor.advisor Walmsley, Joel en Darby, Max Hollis 2022-01-14T14:34:39Z 2022-01-14T14:34:39Z 2020-10-01 2020-10-01
dc.identifier.citation Darby, M. H. 2020. Artificial intelligence as religion: an evolutionary account and philosophical study. MPhil Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.endpage 111 en
dc.description.abstract Religions and religious behaviours have been documented in biological and evolutionary terms. This research considers how religions emerged as distributed, de-centralised biological extensions and evolved into centralised cultural organisations. This provides a model of the evolutionary mechanisms that contributed to the origin, development, and proliferation of religions. It establishes that religions encouraged, curated, and leveraged a specific mentality that has not disappeared despite humanity’s move toward secularism. This research interrogates whether the religiously primed mind will attempt to fill a cognitive void with artificial intelligence (AI) systems in a post-religious society. This comparison provides an evolutionary account for how AI systems will use existing religious mechanisms and behavioural tendencies to develop and proliferate from de- centralised extensions of cognition to centralised cultural systems. This research finds that the scenario described above has significant implications with regard to human individuality, moral responsibility, and individual freedom. The thesis will conclude with a proposal for the necessary requirements for retaining these three features in a future where significant amounts of cognitive processes are outsourced to AI systems. en
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dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2020, Max Hollis Darby. en
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dc.subject AI en
dc.subject Artificial intelligence en
dc.subject Religion en
dc.subject Extended mind en
dc.subject Philosophy en
dc.subject Evolutionary biology en
dc.subject Futurism en
dc.title Artificial intelligence as religion: an evolutionary account and philosophical study en
dc.type Masters thesis (Research) en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters en
dc.type.qualificationname MPhil - Master of Philosophy en
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dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en Digital Arts and Humanities en Philosophy en
dc.internal.conferring Spring 2022 en
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