In your books a virtual Christ creates itself and escapes autonomously into the World Net, which brings up an interesting variation of the Turing test. If a virtual Christ asserts it is Christ, acts as if it is Christ and cannot be readily distinguished from the Christ conjured in beliefs then could it be an actualization of Christ?
That’s one of the main ideas I wanted to explore in my books, the fact that with virtual realities and autonomous cyberentities, our ideas of what is real will be altered because these virtual worlds will become parallel realities, like inhabited countries, that we can access at any time. They will be real to us. Autonomous cyberentities will be the analog of what we have called spirits.
Your books suggest the technological singularity, a point where computers exceed human intelligence, is in our near future yet there are many critics that doubt that there will be a singularity or that consciousness can be replicated through electronic means.
The question not really answered in the book is whether the singularity suggested, I AM, has an origin in the World Net system or whether it is simply using the World Net to communicate. I do believe that cyberhosts both individual and a World Host system that searches for the truest, most accurate information are in our future. I also believe more complex parallel cyberrealities are not that far down the line.
Game changers will be novel types of computers and virtual reality programs like Oculus Rift. With them, some type of comprehension threshold will be passed, a point where some of what they do is no longer comprehensible to us. Parallel processing and matrixed/networked processing may create structures that generate a sense of awareness in machines. This is a case where the future is not predictable because it is not yet comprehensible to us, much like protohumans could never have imagined the long term consequences of language.
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Interview by Donald Schultz (DonaldSchultz.com)