God to be replaced by AI: New religion to be created by computers, author Dan Brown claims

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God to be replaced by AI: New religion to be created by computers, Dan Brown claims:

RELIGION as we know it will be a thing of the past when artificial intelligence creates a new form of collective consciousness, US author Dan Brown believes.

Technological advancement and the development of AI will transform the concept of the divine, according to the Da Vinci Code author.Speaking at the Frankfurt Book Fair, Mr Brown he admitted his prediction may not be welcomed by clerics, but called for greater harmony between the world’s great religions and those who profess no faith.

He said: “Christianity, Judaism and Islam all share a gospel, loosely, and it’s important that we all realise that.

“Our religions are much more similar than they are different.

“We will start to find our spiritual experiences through our interconnections with each other.”Our need for that exterior god, that sits up there and judges us … will diminish and eventually disappear.”

He forecast the emergence of “some form of global consciousness that we perceive and that becomes our divine”.

Brown made the provocative remark during a talk to promote his latest novel ‘Origin’, the fifth in a series following Harvard professor Robert Langdon, the protagonist of ‘The Da Vinci Code’, which questioned the history of Christianity.

‘Origin’ was inspired by the question “Will God survive science?”, said Brown, adding this had never happened in the history of humanity.

The 53-year-old said: “Are we naive today to believe that the God’s of the present will survive and be here in a hundred years?” Brown, 53, told a packed news conference.Set in Spain, ‘Origin’ opens with Langdon arriving at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao for an announcement by a reclusive billionaire futurist that promises to “change the face of science forever”.

Brown, who has sold 200 million books in 56 languages, admitted to not having read a novel in five years. But he investigated deeply and spent a lot of time talking to futurists to come up with the storyline for ‘Origin’.Part of the book is set in Barcelona, capital of the northern region of Catalonia that is now in the grip of a secession crisis.

Brown, who studied art history in Seville, expressed his concern and sympathy for both sides in the political stand-off.

He said: “I love Catalonia. I love Spain. I hope they work it out. It’s a heartbreaking situation, but it’s also a sign of the times.”

He said the crisis also reflected the tension in society between the ancient and the modern.

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