Can an AI generate — or itself have — spiritual experiences?

A Midjourney image AI-generated in response to the prompt ‘what is the meaning of life?’

It’s been a strange week. On the one hand, it’s given me a sharp sense of the limits of human intelligence and our capacity to govern ourselves. In eastern Europe, an ape in a suit murders hundreds of thousands to expand his territory by a few miles. In the UK, a clown exits 10 Downing Street, and a goose enters. The goose confronts the climate and energy crisis and declares the…

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Jules Evans

Author of Philosophy for Life and other books. Honorary fellow, Centre for the History of the Emotions. www.philosophyforlife.org.