New podcast interview from the Theologischen Fakultät der Universität Zürich 🙂

“The Jedi religion from the Star Wars saga has hundreds of thousands of followers today, down from the hundreds of thousands who said they were Jedi in the 2001 and 2011 England and Wales Censuses. But do they really believe in Darth Vader and the Death Star? And what connections can be established between pop culture and religious ideas in general? Beth Singler, Assistant Professor of Digital Religion(s) – and not, as Chat GPT has suggested, a member of the Health and AI steering committee at the Turing Institute – talks about science fiction-inspired religions, animism in vernacular Christianity and the fact that we think Chat GPT is intelligent just because it is linguistically eloquent. She also addresses ethical issues surrounding the Metaverse, asks whether artificial intelligence could found a religion and presents some specimens from her robot collection.”

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