MachineMachine /stream - tagged with religion https://machinemachine.net/stream/feed en-us http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss LifePress therourke@gmail.com <![CDATA[QAnon Is More Important Than You Think - The Atlantic]]> https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/06/qanon-nothing-can-stop-what-is-coming/610567/

American conspiracy theories are entering a dangerous new phase. If you were an adherent, no one would be able to tell. You would look like any other American. You could be a mother, picking leftovers off your toddler’s plate. You could be the young man in headphones across the street.

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Fri, 22 May 2020 06:13:04 -0700 https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/06/qanon-nothing-can-stop-what-is-coming/610567/
<![CDATA[Apocalypse Whatever — Real Life]]> https://reallifemag.com/apocalypse-whatever/

Among the white nationalists on 4chan’s “politically incorrect,” or /pol/ board and on “alt-right” Twitter — or anywhere you might run into a picture of Pepe the Frog — there is a cryptic but popular saying: “Praise Kek.

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Mon, 18 Nov 2019 05:26:21 -0800 https://reallifemag.com/apocalypse-whatever/
<![CDATA[The Medium is the Messiah: McLuhan's Religion and its Relationship to His Media Theory | Read Mercer Schuchardt]]> https://secondnaturejournal.com/the-medium-is-the-messiah-mcluhans-religion-and-its-relationship-to-his-media-theory/

To say that Marshall McLuhan was incidentally a Christian, or that his Catholicism was just part of his private life, is a little like saying that Karl Marx was only incidentally a Marxist.

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Tue, 28 Aug 2018 05:33:41 -0700 https://secondnaturejournal.com/the-medium-is-the-messiah-mcluhans-religion-and-its-relationship-to-his-media-theory/
<![CDATA[Inside Artificial Intelligence's First Church | WIRED]]> https://www.wired.com/story/anthony-levandowski-artificial-intelligence-religion/

Levandowski’s church will enter a tech universe that’s already riven by debate over the promise and perils of AI. Some thinkers, like Kevin Kelly in Backchannel earlier this year, argue that AI isn’t going to develop superhuman power any time soon, and that there’s no Singularity in sight.

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Sun, 26 Nov 2017 10:30:45 -0800 https://www.wired.com/story/anthony-levandowski-artificial-intelligence-religion/
<![CDATA[Consciousness Began When the Gods Stopped Speaking: Julian Jaynes’ Famous 1970s Theory]]> http://nautil.us/issue/54/the-unspoken/consciousness-began-when-the-gods-stopped-speaking-rp

Julian Jaynes was living out of a couple of suitcases in a Princeton dorm in the early 1970s. He must have been an odd sight there among the undergraduates, some of whom knew him as a lecturer who taught psychology, holding forth in a deep baritone voice.

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Sun, 26 Nov 2017 10:30:42 -0800 http://nautil.us/issue/54/the-unspoken/consciousness-began-when-the-gods-stopped-speaking-rp
<![CDATA[Artificial intelligence: ‘Homo sapiens will be split into a handful of gods and the rest of us’ | Business | The Guardian]]> https://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/nov/07/artificial-intelligence-homo-sapiens-split-handful-gods

A new report suggests that the marriage of AI and robotics could replace so many jobs that the era of mass employment could come to an end If you wanted relief from stories about tyre factories and steel plants closing, you could try relaxing with a new 300-page report from Bank of Ame

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Sun, 26 Nov 2017 07:31:02 -0800 https://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/nov/07/artificial-intelligence-homo-sapiens-split-handful-gods
<![CDATA[Silicon Valley’s Radical Machine Cult - Motherboard]]> https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/kz7jem/silicon-valley-digitalism-machine-religion-artificial-intelligence-christianity-singularity-google-facebook-cult

We are witnessing the beginning of Silicon Valley institutionalizing its religious beliefs.

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Sun, 26 Nov 2017 07:30:57 -0800 https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/kz7jem/silicon-valley-digitalism-machine-religion-artificial-intelligence-christianity-singularity-google-facebook-cult
<![CDATA[Artificial intelligence: ‘Homo sapiens will be split into a handful of gods and the rest of us’ | Business | The Guardian]]> https://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/nov/07/artificial-intelligence-homo-sapiens-split-handful-gods

A new report suggests that the marriage of AI and robotics could replace so many jobs that the era of mass employment could come to an end If you wanted relief from stories about tyre factories and steel plants closing, you could try relaxing with a new 300-page report from Bank of Ame

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Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:51:02 -0800 https://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/nov/07/artificial-intelligence-homo-sapiens-split-handful-gods
<![CDATA[Silicon Valley’s Radical Machine Cult - Motherboard]]> https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/kz7jem/silicon-valley-digitalism-machine-religion-artificial-intelligence-christianity-singularity-google-facebook-cult

We are witnessing the beginning of Silicon Valley institutionalizing its religious beliefs.

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Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:50:57 -0800 https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/kz7jem/silicon-valley-digitalism-machine-religion-artificial-intelligence-christianity-singularity-google-facebook-cult
<![CDATA[Ghost in the Cloud | Issue 28 | n+1]]> https://nplusonemag.com/issue-28/essays/ghost-in-the-cloud/

“ Ido plan to bring back my father,” Ray Kurzweil says. He is standing in the anemic light of a storage unit, his frame dwarfed by towers of cardboard boxes and oblong plastic bins. He wears tinted eyeglasses.

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Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:01:30 -0700 https://nplusonemag.com/issue-28/essays/ghost-in-the-cloud/
<![CDATA[Apocalypse Whatever — Real Life]]> http://reallifemag.com/apocalypse-whatever/

Among the white nationalists on 4chan’s “politically incorrect,” or /pol/ board and on “alt-right” Twitter — or anywhere you might run into a picture of Pepe the Frog — there is a cryptic but popular saying: “Praise Kek.

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Wed, 14 Dec 2016 09:56:20 -0800 http://reallifemag.com/apocalypse-whatever/
<![CDATA[Why humans find it hard to do away with religion]]> http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/books/2016/01/why-humans-find-it-hard-do-away-religion

The new atheists decry religion as a poisonous set of lies. But what if a belief in the supernatural is natural?

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Wed, 27 Jan 2016 11:02:03 -0800 http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/books/2016/01/why-humans-find-it-hard-do-away-religion
<![CDATA['Save the Planet, Kill Yourself': The Contentious History of the Church of Euthanasia | VICE | United States]]> http://www.vice.com/read/save-the-planet-kill-yourself-the-contentious-history-of-the-church-of-euthanasia-1022

On September 13, 1993, motorists driving on the Massachusetts Turnpike witnessed an unusual sight: A highway billboard for the Museum of Science in Boston had been covered by a ten-foot-by-ten-foot black banner with the words "Save the Planet—Kill Yourself" painted in white.

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Sat, 24 Oct 2015 03:35:25 -0700 http://www.vice.com/read/save-the-planet-kill-yourself-the-contentious-history-of-the-church-of-euthanasia-1022
<![CDATA[The Theological Questions Raised by the Homo Naledi Fossils - The Atlantic]]> http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/09/do-neanderthals-have-souls/406246/

Earlier this month, scientists working in South Africa made an exciting announcement: They had discovered a new species of human ancestor.

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Sat, 03 Oct 2015 10:38:04 -0700 http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/09/do-neanderthals-have-souls/406246/
<![CDATA[Consciousness Began When the Gods Stopped Speaking - Issue 24: Error - Nautilus]]> http://m.nautil.us/issue/24/error/consciousness-began-when-the-gods-stopped-speaking

Julian Jaynes was living out of a couple of suitcases in a Princeton dorm in the early 1970s. He must have been an odd sight there among the undergraduates, some of whom knew him as a lecturer who taught psychology, holding forth in a deep baritone voice.

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Sun, 31 May 2015 05:38:43 -0700 http://m.nautil.us/issue/24/error/consciousness-began-when-the-gods-stopped-speaking
<![CDATA[Why artificial intelligence is the future of religion - Salon.com]]> http://www.salon.com/2014/09/14/what_robot_theology_tells_us_about_ourselves_partner/

There are places you never expect to be in life.

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Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:04:19 -0700 http://www.salon.com/2014/09/14/what_robot_theology_tells_us_about_ourselves_partner/
<![CDATA[Morality-without-god and totalitarianism, Slavoj Žižek ("The Pervert's Guide To Ideology")]]> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUtW6KIdtxE&feature=youtube_gdata

Slavoj Žižek discusses the famous platitude (incorrectly) attributed to Dostoyevsky's character in "The Brothers Karamazov" that "If god does not exist, everything is permitted." Žižek rejects this and suggests, in fact, the opposite — that if there were a god, everything would be permissible.

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Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:36:54 -0700 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUtW6KIdtxE&feature=youtube_gdata
<![CDATA[Humanism: not an ‘impossible dream’]]> http://andrewcopson.net/2012/11/humanism-not-an-impossible-dream/

Andrew Brown, at The Guardian‘s ‘Comment is Free’ (CIF) wrote an article a couple of weeks ago now rubbishing humanism and the British Humanist Association. I’ve responded today on the Huffington Post. Why has it taken so long? Well, I originally asked CIF if I could do a response. I was told yes but when I sent it to them they changed their mind and said it was too positive about humanism. I went back to them and said that this wasn’t quite fair and so they said okay, I could do a piece but it would have to be more general and not a response as such. So, I worked on another version, but then was told that it didn’t make sense. (You can judge that for yourself – I’ve pasted it below the Huffington Post one below).

The Huffington Post one:

Andrew Brown, in his blog last week, criticised the British Humanist Association (BHA) for promoting humanism as an essentially negative approach to life defined by what it isn’t and for being on an incoherent and self-defeating mission to eliminate

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Mon, 31 Dec 2012 06:57:00 -0800 http://andrewcopson.net/2012/11/humanism-not-an-impossible-dream/
<![CDATA[After Life: The Science Of Decay (BBC Documentary)]]> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNAxrpzc6ws&feature=youtube_gdata

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Broadcast (2011) If you have ever wondered what would happen in your own home if you were taken away and everything inside was left to rot, the answer is revealed in this programme which explores the strange and surprising science of decay. For two months, a glass box containing a typical kitchen and garden was left to rot in full public view within Edinburgh Zoo. In this resulting documentary, Dr George McGavin and his team use time-lapse cameras and specialist photography to capture the extraordinary way in which moulds, microbes and insects are able to break down our everyday things and allow new life to emerge from old. Decay is something that many of us are repulsed by, but as the programme shows, it's a process that's vital in nature. And seen in close up, it has an unexpected and sometimes mesmerising beauty.

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Wed, 29 Aug 2012 03:44:00 -0700 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNAxrpzc6ws&feature=youtube_gdata
<![CDATA[On rituals and algorithms]]> http://ask.metafilter.com/mefi/220176

What is the relationship between the ritual and the algorithm? Are all rituals algorithmic? I'm interested in any papers or books/chapters written about this. I'm writing about Google's search algorithm at the moment, and I can't help get this ritual thing out of my head. It feels like an important meeting point between humans and machines.

When I say 'ritual' I mean the enactment of a set of actions with traditional and symbolic value.

When I say 'algorithm' I am talking about computers of course (a step-by-step procedure for calculation), but I am also interested in an algorithm as a list of well-defined instructions passed on to another entity in order to execute a specific procedure in precise detail. That entity might be a human.

Are all rituals algorithmic?

The best conflation I can think of is the Japanese Tea Ceremony. To generalise, I see this as a highly specific algorithm taken to the absolute limits of human cultural perfection.

Many thanks in advance!

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Tue, 17 Jul 2012 08:10:00 -0700 http://ask.metafilter.com/mefi/220176