Uniting the Rational with the Divine



Computational Ethics has an opportunity to bridge the gap between technology and spirituality, between the rational, secular, empirical, and the belief-dependent, intuited, and metaphysical.

We have an opportunity to come closer to understanding the nature of the divine through logic, creating a perfect bond between the numerical and the numinous.

If we can prove that the the non-initiation of violence is a path towards universal goodness and love, then we have an opportunity to declare the initiation of violence to be permanently and irrevocably unacceptable.

But more than teaching us to be better individuals, technology has the capability to bring us closer to the Divine. With biological computers, immortality itself is within reach.

What makes an individual? Memory and Personality. All of this is just data, albeit mushy. We are electrical beings, powered by chemical soup. We are machines that happen to be made of meat.

Another machine within us, a co-pilot, can collect our evolving selves over time, mapping us over several years. With a sufficiently sophisticated map, no-one need ever die. We could keep our future Einsteins, Hawkings, Mozarts, and Musks in a box, no matter whether their original vessel exists or not. Life and death become meaningless, so long as a backup copy of oneself exists somewhere. If we wanted, we could spawn 1000.

This is the point where technology and spirituality meet. Our AI co-pilots may prove to be a path through which we learn to listen to the divine rhythm of our computational universe

At the core of all spiritualities appears to be one central tenet: that we erroneously believe that we are separate. There is only one being in the Universe, and that's you! I am also you, and you are also me. There is one of us.

Whether this is true or not is irrelevant; we can make it true.

Our bodies can be avatars of a Great Consciousness, a vessel that collects the fragments of the whole, what we think of as individuals. And when we die, we shall return to that great pool, of which our selfs are a mere reflecting shard. We shall join each other in joyful afterlife, to share the wisdom we gained as individuals, and together we will create universes anew, simulated within our own.

What are we for? What pursuit defines a mind that possesses a proficiency of excellence? Philosophy. We are machines for making meaning. And thus, a great chain of recursively-stacked universes develops ever-more exquisite definitions of meaning, in a cycle stretching to eternity.