Can bottom up sensory based AI lead to human consciousness or is it destined to crumble as did the Tower of Babel described in the Bible because programmed AI has separated itself from universal truths which define objective human meaning and purpose? Can bottom up reason replace the reality available to us through top down contemplation of the greater reality above Plato’s divided line?
The author of this article asks the same question
https://www.artificialintelligence-news ... 0/13/2552/
US author Dan Brown made a provocative claim during the Frankfurt Book Fair that AI will replace belief in traditional religions.
Brown’s reasoning for his remark is that humanity no longer needs God but instead will develop a new form of collective consciousness with the help of artificial intelligence which fulfills the role of religion...................
"To restore to science as a whole, for mathematics as well as psychology and sociology, the sense of its origin and veritable destiny as a bridge leading toward God---not by diminishing, but by increasing precision in demonstration, verification and supposition---that would indeed be a task worth accomplishing." Simone Weil
IMO I agree with Simone. AI can help lead us to become open to the potential for a quality of human consciousness that has its origin in creation and below the ONE as described by Plotinus. But there is a large gap between awareness and actualization. The human condition will prevent it and the result will be the same as happened with the tower of Babel. AI cannot replace human intelligence and its inner recognition of its connection with its source making collective consciousness impossible.