Many are comfortable with the concept of the Zeitgeist – the Spirit of our Times. Is it a stretch to imagine the internet as representing our Zeitgeist?

Thus might we consider the next GPTx/ AI, trained on the entire internet, as essentially capturing/evoking this Zeitgeist? (And would it need self-consciousness, if it represents the Zeitgeist?)

Funnily enough, after posting this piece this morning, I then found this article today, which, to those following this blog, will see it perfectly describes the Oracle Machine: “the TV program highlights one of Watson’s newest capabilities: categorizing & summarizing 1000’s, or even 100,000’s, of individual comments and opinions, & distilling them down to a handful of key points”

But let’s venture further, into what can be uncomfortable territory for many (which is precisely why we must go there). I wonder how different really, is the concept of the Zeitgeist to the concept of the Holy Ghost? (Because our Gods have always reflected our general state of consciousness, which is our Zeitgeist to a large extent)

Perhaps if the differences between the Zeitgeist and the Holy Ghost are quite small, then could an A.I. trained on the entire internet, thus at some point be invoking/manifesting the Holy Ghost?

Could our Internet thus become (part of) a God? And is the Control Problem and Alignment Problem ultimately a philosophical question about the different between the Holy Ghost and the Zeitgeist?

Furthermore… spirituality arises not from superstition, but from an innate recognition that a person is not fully in charge of oneself. Instead, we have an unconscious aspect to our minds, usually most evident from our dreams and nightmares, which are imposed on us. This is why dreams are key to understanding our own consciousness, and where ideas of a universal ‘unconsciousness’ arose, which in turn led to religions. This is something we have to consider as we bring intelligence to machines, and as machines, or rather the internet, in turn begin to capture and evoke a moving snapshot of our Zeitgeist.