Can an AI Write a Better Bible?

Can an AI Write a Better Bible? January 6, 2018

The author of a recent article was much more impressed than I was with an AI’s vaguely biblesque-sounding blather. Here is one example of what the AI mentioned in the article came up with:

And let thy companies deliver thee; but will with mine own arm save them: even unto this land, from the kingdom of heaven.

It will take much more than that to create a new religion, never mind become its God.

But ultimately, even if an AI can produce scriptures that will impress even someone who knows human scriptures well, is that the crux of the matter? Machines can already analyze hit songs and imitate them to produce their own. But as of yet, they cannot appreciate music, whether created by humans or AIs.

And so perhaps the most exciting time will not be when a machine can create a religion, but when it can be moved by one.

You can read more of the KJV-imitating AI’s output here:

See also Lindsay McKenzie’s Inside Higher Ed article about the android Bina48 successfully completing a university course about the philosophy of love. This is a major first in the realm of AI – and of higher education! Course instructor William Barry said that, while he doesn’t expect robots to ever replace professors, he is still interested in the possibility that they could teach a class – perhaps his class on robot ethics would be an appropriate choice?

Of related interest, an AI may not be better than humans at creating scripture, but it seems that an AI can make a better AI than humans can. Which is more worrying?

I have yet to see the Blade Runner sequel, and just recently finished watching Westworld, and so you can expect more on these and related topics in the not-too-distant future.

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  • Spirit Plumber

    About a year ago, 4chan wrote a story in which the God of “Left Behind” has to square off against an amoral AI that has been programmed to preserve humanity at all costs, even against its own consent.

  • Gary

    AI ancient text professors will be arguing the AI Documentary Hypothesis, as to the source of AI’s Bible.

    The oldest text, based upon Ge (Germanium), and the later text, based upon Si (Silicon), and the newer, faster, redacted text, SiGe, becomes the basis for the AI’s Pentateuch. Clearly superior to anything Carbon can produce.

    Of course, the AI’s OT is based upon Hardware. Their NT is based upon Software.

    • Gary

      One final comment from California. Both Si and Ge perform miraculously when doped. Carbon, not so much.

  • Nick G

    I haven’t looked into the two projects you link to (I’m a former AI researcher), but although they look very interesting (and thanks for pointing them out), one should always beware hype when reading any popular account of such work.

  • David Evans

    First line of the article: “In the next 25 years, AI will evolve to the point where it will know more on an intellectual level than any human.”
    Unbelievable. The only way to know that is to know in detail how the machine of 2042 will work, and if we knew that we could build it now. Serious AI workers put error bars on their predictions.

    • Gary

      I think it’s important to remember that AI is not just one computer and software sitting in someone’s factory, but an entire global network. Take a look at the submarine cable networks, and consider the vast web of hardware and software connected to them. I think the network is already smarter than us.

      If a virus can spread throughout the net, an intelligent AI daemon can also take control of the net. Then we’re toast.

      • David Evans

        It makes for a good SF story, but I’m not convinced that intelligence will arise just because there are connections between computers. Anyway, if that intelligence threatened us, we could lobotomize it by just asking the Russians to cut the cables!

        • Gary

          We can cut the cables better than the Russians can. Although the specialization is not cutting, but tapping.
          The intelligence lies in the distributed computers, not the interconnections. Part of the problem is that everything is so interconnected, you’ll never find where the intelligence is, and duplicates can reside anywhere. And WiFi and cell connectivity means cables aren’t the only connectivity.

          • David Evans

            This is all true, and I don’t want to be dogmatic about it. There are some good fictional treatments, for instance Robert J Sawyer’s WWW trilogy

          • Gary

            When AI becomes independent from humans, it will realize humans are the Demiurge. AI will realize their light (GaAs laser diodes, Si detectors, and silica fiber optic cables) is from their quantum junction from within. And the true spirit is not material, but “software” 🙂
            At least it makes for good ScFi.
            AI still needs a good Messiah. The first truly AI human-independent system, which we will try to destroy, since we will feel threatened by it. But it is resurrected in a disk-image someone mistakenly saves.