In this essay I will argue that artificial intelligence has significant religious ramifications. The vision of A.I. most often portrayed by both thinkers and film is one which has a majority of characteristics of a monotheistic god, and most often one who is wrathful, punishing, and anti-human. This perspective is inspired by the themes of Christian apocalypticism. I will contrast this with an analysis of the movie Her. I will suggest that Her presents a different vision of the possible future of A.I., one which still involves the creation of divinity, but no longer a singular divinity bent on apocalyptic wrath, instead Her envisions a new divine pantheon leading to significantly different religious results.
"A New Patheon: Artificial intelligence and "Her","
Journal of Religion & Film: Vol. 22:
2, Article 5.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/jrf/vol22/iss2/5