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Sacred Second Lives

Robert M. Geraci

in Virtually Sacred: Myth and Meaning in World of Warcraft and Second Life

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199344697
eISBN:
9780199374731
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199344697.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter describes how Second Life was built, in part, as a quasi-religious project, and many of its residents continue to use it for religious purposes. Specifically, Second Life now serves as ... More


Brains, Minds, and Machines

Arlindo Oliveira

in The Digital Mind: How Science is Redefining Humanity

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780262036030
eISBN:
9780262338394
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262036030.003.0010
Subject:
Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence

This chapter presents an analysis of the different approaches that may lead to the creation of artificially intelligent and conscious systems, which I call digital minds. In particular, it considers ... More


Speculations

Arlindo Oliveira

in The Digital Mind: How Science is Redefining Humanity

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780262036030
eISBN:
9780262338394
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262036030.003.0012
Subject:
Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence

This chapter, the last chapter in the book, presents some far-fetched ideas about the future of technology and the human species. It starts by discussing the concept of technological singularity, an ... More


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