I have argued in the Catholic weekly, The Tablet, and elsewhere, that in the future these intelligent robots will make moral judgements and have religious experiences. In short, some robots will be Christians, some Buddhists, some atheists etc. It will certainly be possible, at some time, for some robots to pray to God. These views are controversial, but I believe that in time they will come to be commonplace.
If the Vatican is to take a public stand against a reductionist account of the nature of consciousness it runs the risk of a new Galileo controversy, but this time the Vatican will be opposed by much of the scientific community, and the educated world at large.
Dr EDMUND FURSE
Department of Computer Studies
University of Glamorgan, PontypriddReuse content