Book review: Apocalyptic AI: Visions of Heaven in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality by Robert Geraci

So the reading for today is a bit more theoretical work from Robert Geraci.

It’s Apocalyptic AI.

You can find the book here:

“Apocalyptic AI, the hope that we might one day upload our minds into machines or cyberspace and live forever, is a surprisingly wide-spread and influential idea, affecting everything from the world view of online gamers to government research funding and philosophical thought. In Apocalyptic AI, Robert Geraci offers the first serious account of this “cyber-theology” and the people who promote it.”

This book is a really complete piece of work. While Geraci summarizes tons of studies and books regarding what he defines as Apocalyptic AI he carefully keeps track of every single idea for where they came from and to what they might refer to.

As my personal opinion sometimes I found the book a bit harder to read since it really contains all the details at most parts but it definitely is a nice piece of work. The reader can get most of the ideas of the works of Moravec and Kurzweil and others. I really liked that after the usual theoretical introduction he conducted a wide research in the Robotics lab of Carnegie Mellon University and in Second Life.

This book is a good and very detailed summary of the Apocalyptic AI field.

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