Can a machine be religious

June 25, 2017, 2:27 pm

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The debate "Can a machine be religious" was started by PsychDave on June 25, 2017, 2:27 pm. 7 people are on the agree side of this discussion, while 33 people are on the disagree side. That might be enough to see the common perception. It looks like most people are against to this statement.

PsychDave posted 5 arguments to the agreers part.
SalonY posted 2 arguments, AGustafson posted 1 argument to the disagreers part.

PsychDave, neveralone, chanchal123 and 4 visitors agree.
SalonY, Grizzi, Bad0ne, Marlize, leonelNoguera, Against_eu, Berry_Good, kidkck, chris3412, Crystals and 23 visitors disagree.

If they're programed to.

3 days, 2 hours ago
Sabertoothwolf
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The Bible tells us humans have souls. That is all the proof we need :)

8 months, 1 week ago

Well..PsychDave...I'd add a point here in ur argument.. well as u said human & machine both are taught to do worship & they do...So u r trying to prove machine & human are Quite same..bt my dear bebater...U can cancel any programme after given it to computer...BcoZ it has no mind...bt u cnt cancel or remove any idea after u fit it to any Human's brain...So its quite prove tht machine cant be religious

1 year, 2 months ago
PsychDave
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I'm not sure we actually need proof of the presence of a soul to argue the validity of the religion. We accept religion now in humans, so it comes down to why we accepted it. If we are accepting it because they claim religious beliefs, a machine could do likewise. Eventually it will come down to how we determine what constitutes a person, and what religious rights are guaranteed to all persons. If we reach a point that artificial intelligences become recognized legally as a person, could they legally be denied religious freedom?

With respect to the universal existence of souls, there is not religious agreement. Many believe only humans have souls, though those who believe in reincarnation often believe every living thing has a soul. Could be interesting to add machines to people's karmic rewards.

1 year, 2 months ago
PsychDave
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But people are only religious when taught to be. People don't spontaneously worship Jesus or Mohammed, they have to be taught about them. We program children to worship the gods we worship. How is programming a sufficiently advanced computer different?

1 year, 2 months ago

I dn't think So bt a machine can be a religious one 0nly when it is programmed to do So...bt This religion is a internal feeling which cant be found in machines

1 year, 2 months ago
Nemiroff
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i think sentience must be seperated from life. The 2 can co exist, but ai will prove that they can also seperate. If we bring the metaphysics of a soul, then the soul will be seperate from sentience as well. does all life even have a soul? I'm not sure about the religious consensus on that. If not all life must have a soul, then that may be just a human or maybe mammalian feature. maybe birds too. But that brings up questions about other intelligent life, like the octopus which is part of a typically basic family of life.

1 year, 2 months ago
PsychDave
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That is the first result when looking up the Buddhist robot, which I intended to serve as a jumping off point for people who are interested. I mainly meant it to give people enough information to be able to research independently.

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/xianer-buddhist-robot/amp/

Better?

1 year, 2 months ago
blue_rayy
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Russia Today isnt reliable source

1 year, 2 months ago

personally I think if it's self conscious and makes choices like that than who am I, being the servant, argue with Gods decision.

1 year, 2 months ago
PsychDave
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Even if we reached the point of artificial intelligence, would it really be able to be religious? That begs the question if they would have souls, because otherwise it seems pointless.

1 year, 2 months ago
Nemiroff
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those are no different than action figure toys with a few programmed phrases.

eventually there is no reason why robots won't be able to be truly religious, but that is a long way away.

1 year, 2 months ago

There are examples of robots expressing religious beliefs and offering blessings. Can a machine actually be religious, or are they simply a recording of someone who is?

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.rt.com/document/571a1cedc46188083f8b45ec/amp

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/technology/2017/may/30/robot-priest-blessu-2-germany-reformation-exhibition

1 year, 2 months ago
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