Religion, Robots and a Second Life: Apocalyptic AI

“One thing that really surprised me is that there are people in Second Life who think of their personalities in that world as distinct from and potentially severable from their personalities in conventional reality. Some of the folks whom I interviewed think (or at least talk) in terms of identities that are separate from their “primary” or “other personality.” It is a fairly unique form of self-consciousness and I enjoyed learning from the people willing to share with me.” (inteview with Robert Geraci, author of Apocalyptic AI,Shelflife@Texas (University of Texas at Austin), May 10, 2010) Read