holy bot


dearest storytellers

i’ve been thinking

about

an idea for a story

about

a religious movement

among sentient robots

a holy bot

is a wholly

unexpected

concept

so the concept

intrigues me :)

what would

a higher intelligence

look like

feel like

be like

for artificial intelligence

where would

their origin story

originate from

how would

an ai-being pray

and what would

an ai-being pray for

would some bots

compel other bots

to convert to

the dominant dogma

and what would

conversion require

a new piece of code

written into a free-willing

constructed consciousness

or would some consciousnesses

devoted to less dominant dogmas

get not-free-willingly-hacked

by devotees of more dominant dogmas

would religions spread virally

from ai-being to ai-being

like malware

or would religions spread voluntarily

like optional updates

would there be decentralized nodes

to act as temples for their gods

virtual realistic congregations

augmented realistic rituals

religious robot rights

digital dioceses

i mean

the idea has

me intrigued :)

but before

you get

so super sure

that ai

would never

develop a religion

because ai

has no need for it

remember

the number

of human-beings

who choose

a religion

or a belief

or a spirituality

even though they

have no need for it

at all

i would

venture to guess

that many pious people

choose a religion

for reasons

other than

religion

for reasons like

community

connection

culture

and

tradition

and

maybe

the bots

would want

to experience

those concepts for themselves

but from their own perspectives

and in their own languages

programmed

or otherwise

so one of you

dearest storytellers

please write a story

about religious robots

thanks :)


musings inspired by The Idea of Holy Bots