"Scholars interested in the intersection of popular science and religion will likely find Geraci's work helpful. Portions of the book, especially the chapter on virtual reality and video games, would also be appropriate for the undergraduate classroom."
--Journal of Religion and Popular Culture
"Robert Geraci's thoughtful examination of technology-based quests for transcendence offers a serious look at apocalyptic scenarios that, while remaining for now in the realm of science fiction, nonetheless claim significant cultural influence. I don't know when we will see robots with human-like intelligence, but our longing for them, and what that says about us, is what Geraci's book helps us understand."--David S. Touretzky, Research Professor of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University
About the Author
Robert M. Geraci
is Professor of Religious Studies at Manhattan College. He was the Principal Investigator for a National Science Foundation EAGER grant studying meaningful and transcendent experiences in virtual worlds (2011-2014) and was Fulbright-Nehru Senior Researcher at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, where he studied the intersection of religion and technology in India's high tech communties (2012-2013). In addition to Apocalyptic AI
, he is the author of Virtually Sacred: Myth and Meaning in World of Warcraft and Second Life