Lord Vader has been seen reading Religion and Science Fiction on more than one occasion. Why? To settle an old debate. Obi-Wan Kenobi once said of him that he had become “more machine than man.” That had to hurt. But philosophically considered, does that make sense? Or was it simply a cheap shot on the part of Anakin Skywalker’s old master, still somewhat sore about having become one with the Force?
My chapter in the book is entitled “Robots, Rights, and Religion.” It takes a close look at more than one thing that Obi-Wan Kenobi said. It also asks the classic question of what traditional human religions might have to say about artificial intelligences, as well as the less frequently asked question of what artificial intelligences might have to say about traditional human religions. And the best part is that you can preview the chapter “Robots, Rights and Religion” on my selected works page.