The hype about artificial intelligence has some speculating that at some point a computer might have what we might call a soul. So some theologians are wondering if machines advance to that point, should they be evangelized? Should they be baptized?
Thomas D. Williams writes about this line of reasoning and why it is unlikely that machines would be able to become Christians. In addition to “artificial intelligence” meaning something completely different from the human ability to reason, machines would not have inherited original sin so would not be in need of saving (the AI apocalypse crowd may be projecting human-style sinfulness on inanimate objects), and Jesus, according to the Athanasian Creed, came “for us men and for our salvation,” not for animals, much less for machines. See Williams’s argument after the jump. [Read more…]