1 min readThe connection between science and religion

Our exploration of space and the quest to create AI are but manifestations of a much deeper desire to understand who we are and what our purpose is in the universe.

In this article published by WND, Bill Federer recounts how Wernher von Braun, the Father of Modern Space Flight, attempted to reconcile science and religion. Von Braun became a Christian in the latter part of his life, and credits much of his work to an Intelligent Designer of the universe.

As you read through the article attached below, it is important to note how von Braun’s pronouncements dispel the various myths of materialism, as well as provide a fitting conclusion to the long-resolved issue between science and religion.

Implications for AI

The creation of artificial general intelligence (AGI) is in the same league as the exploration of space. It is not necessary for our survival, but we, human beings, simply must know if it is possible. Why do we always go beyond boundaries? Von Braun offers the following words in response:

The answer I am convinced, lies…in the nature of man…Whereas all other living beings seem to find their places in the natural order and fulfill their role in life with a kind of calm acceptance, man clearly exhibits confusion.

Why the anxiety? Why the storm and stress? Man really seems to be the only living thing uncertain of his role in the universe; and in his uncertainty, he has been calling since time immemorial upon the stars and the heaves for salvation and for answers to his eternal questions: Who am I? Why am I here?

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