DEAR EDITOR:

Everybody worships something. If you are wondering what you worship, just ask yourself what you spend your time thinking about or doing. We are all trying to find the transcendence that will give us peace and joy.

The Agence France-Presse, the world’s oldest news organization, ran this story recently. “A 400-year-old temple in Japan is attempting to hot-wire interest in Buddhism with a robotic priest it believes will change the face of the religion — despite critics comparing the android to ‘Frankenstein’s monster.’”

Arthur Clarke and Stanley Kubrick created HAL in the 1968 movie, “2001: A Space Odyssey.” HAL is short for Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer. The famous opening music was from Richard Strauss’ “Sunrise.” He took Friederick Nietzsche’s book, sprach Zarathustra, and set it to music in 1896. Nietzsche is most famous for his “super-man” and “God is dead”proposals. His nihilistic philosophy is, basically, all values are baseless, and reason is impotent.

When Kubrick was asked about the meaning of the movie, he told Joseph Gelmis: “You begin with an artifact left on Earth by extraterrestrial explorers who observed man-apes of the time and decided to influence their evolutionary progression.”

Imagination is a wonderful part of the human experience. Kubrick, an evolutionary zealot, sees otherworlds helping the least evolve forward. While none of this has been demonstrated, it makes for a great sci-fi movie.

What do these two robots have in common? They are the end result of evolution. Knowledge will be king, and wisdom and experience will be neglected. Do you think that artificial intelligence will give us the answer to our longing for peace and joy? Of course not.

The search for truth has been going on for 6,000 years. St. Augustine said that there were two loves: Love of man and love of God. “Thus, a good man, though a slave, is free; but a wicked man is worse, as many masters as he has vices.”

It’s appropriate that HAL sacrificed itself to save the crew. I wondered what inspired this ending?

The future robotic priest/king will not be able to give man peace and joy. That happened 2,000 years ago! The greatest civilization in history has been built on His teachings!

Jim Cole

Marietta

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