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Religion and the Technological Future: An Introduction to Biohacking, Artificial Intelligence, and Transhumanism
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Religion and the Technological Future: An Introduction to Biohacking, Artificial Intelligence, and Transhumanism (Paperback)

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We live in an age of rapid technological advancement. Never before has humankind wielded so much power over our own biology. Biohacking, the attempt at human enhancement of physical, cognitive, affective, moral, and spiritual traits, has become a global phenomenon. This textbook introduces religious and ethical implications of biohacking, artificial intelligence, and other technological changes, offering perspectives from monotheistic and karmic religions and applied ethics. These technological breakthroughs are transforming our societies and ourselves fundamentally via genetic modification, tissue engineering, artificial intelligence, robotics, the merging of computer technology with human biology, extended reality, brain stimulation, and nanotechnology. The book also considers the extreme possibilities of mind uploading, cryonics, and superintelligence. Chapters explore some of the political, economic, sociological, and psychological dimensions of these advances, with bibliographies for further study and questions for discussion. The technological future is here - and it is up to us to decide its moral and religious shape.

Computing & ITComputer scienceArtificial intelligencePhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesReligion & BeliefsReligion: generalReligious issues & debatesScience & MathematicsBiology, life sciencesLife sciences: general issuesBio-ethics Publisher: Springer Nature Switzerland AG Publication Date: 15/02/2021 ISBN-13: 9783030623586  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Calvin Mercer is Professor of Religion at East Carolina University, USA, and founding chair of the American Academy of Religion's Human Enhancement and Transhumanism Unit. Tracy J. Trothen is Professor of Ethics at Queen's University, Canada, and co-chair of the American Academy of Religion's Artificial Intelligence Seminar.

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