Artificial Intelligence

Reflections in Philosophy, Theology, and the Social Sciences

This book discusses major issues of the current AI debate from the perspectives of philosophy, theology, and the social sciences: Can AI have a consciousness? Is superintelligence possible and probable? How does AI change individual and social life? Can there be artifcial persons? What influence does AI have on religious worldviews? In Western societies, we are surrounded by artifcially intelligent systems. Most of these systems are embedded in online platforms. But embodiments of AI, be it by voice or by actual physical embodiment, give artifcially intelligent systems another dimension in terms of their impact on how we perceive these systems, how they shape our communication with them and with fellow humans and how we live and work together. AI in any form gives a new twist to the big questions that humanity has concerned herself with for centuries: What is consciousness? How should we treat each other - what is right and what is wrong? How do our creations change the world we are living in? Which challenges do we have to face in the future?

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Benedikt Paul Göcke is Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Philosophy of Science at Ruhr-University Bochum.
Astrid Rosenthal-von der Pütten is Professor and Head of the Chair of Individual and Technology at the Department of Society, Technology, and Human Factors at RWTH Aachen University.