Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Interesting Theological Questions

I am currently reading Accelerando, by Charles Stross. It's a science-fiction book exploring ideas about the near and far future of computational advance. In one part there was an interesting quote:

A religious college in Cairo is considering issues of nanotechnology: If replicators are used to prepare a copy of a strip of bacon, right down to the molecular level, but without it ever being part of a pig, how is it to be treated? (If the mind of one of the faithful is copied into a computing machine's memory by mapping and simulating all its synapses, is the computer now a Moslem? If not, why not? If so, what are its rights and duties?)

The future will be weird.

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