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Briefing: Spiritual Silicon – could robots one day have souls?

Artificial Intelligence enables machines to perform tasks that until recently had been reserved for humans, such as detecting a disease or driving a car. But does their intelligence indicate the presence of soul? In the first of a series of 3 Religion Media Centre briefings on AI, Rosie Dawson explores the question of what makes us human. The discussion is based on research by the Theos think tank into the relationship between science and religion and the panel includes:

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Report: Yes, the machines are starting to think for themselves, but do they have souls?

 “We have encased robots in anthropomorphic language yet no machine is like us … We have immersed ourselves in a disturbed fantasy about machines.”

– Professor Neil Lawrence


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