Artificial Intelligence Religion

Jiayu Jiang

My design practice often explores the problematic effect the human-computer relationship has upon the social environment.

︎ Interactive installation, performance art, bio design

In the Homo sapiens era, Some argue that early hunter gatherer cultures may have had primarily animistic beliefs. They were dependent on nature. After the agricultural revolution came into being, in order to unify thinking and achieve the goal that belief can drive behavior, mankind needed a theory that would best give people a sense of superiority over other species, and belief in gods began. Following the start of the Industrial Revolution, steam, electrical, electronic computers, and biological engineering began to develop. People have always dreamed of machines since ancient times. Historically, robots (originally called automata) have always been the product of technology and belief. In the past two centuries, as science and religion diverged, the relationship between robots and religion has disappeared and is often seen as antagonism. Today, as robots and artificial intelligence will spread society among humans, new possibilities and new moral challenges are about to emerge.

When you first see the words "AI" and "religion", what do you think of?
For example:
Are these ‘religious’ questions or ‘Christian’/’post-Christian’ ones?
What is AI and why might we want to consider it in relation to ‘religion’?
What ‘religious’ functions might AI serve?
What are the intersections of AI and religion with issues?
Can religion guide the ethics of AI?
Will AI have religious beliefs?
As AI advances, What are its religious implications?
Are there any religious and spiritual background in promoting AI designing?

︎︎︎ project detail 

In the future, the development of the relationship between artificial intelligence and religion can be roughly divided into three types:AI enhances religion, AI becomes a religion, AI reduces the presence of religion and even replaces religion. I think this is a gradual process. For now, AI can increase the participation of believers in religious ceremonies. In addition, AI's participation in religious ceremonies will enable religion to advance with the times and help keep religion in touch with our modern world. So I chose the religious practice of praying and reciting scriptures as the core of the project, and created an interactive interface where people can upload their life mottos or scriptures in the box on the left. Then AI will generate his scripture in the box on the right.

                                                                                               AI Generate Scriptures

I let people without religious beliefs and people with religious beliefs play this interactive interface and filmed videos to get feedback from their experiences. I found that non-believers do not care much about the impact of AI on religion. Although they use AI technology every day, they feel that religion has nothing to do with them. Some of them believe in themselves, some celebrities, and even some food. And believers do not reject the impact of AI. They may think that what they believe in their hearts remains unchanged, and any change in form is interesting. It is inevitable for the continued development of artificial intelligence in the future, but it is still unknown how it will eventually develop. The impact on religion is of course, but there is no stipulation that religion cannot be renewed.