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dc.contributor.authorSingler, Beth
dc.date.accessioned2020-11-01T16:04:33Z
dc.date.available2020-11-01T16:04:33Z
dc.date.issued2020-04-30
dc.date.submitted2019-08-27
dc.identifier.issn0951-5666
dc.identifier.others00146-020-00968-2
dc.identifier.other968
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/312313
dc.description.abstractAbstract: “My first long haul flight that didn’t fill up and an empty row for me. I have been blessed by the algorithm ”. The phrase ‘blessed by the algorithm’ expresses the feeling of having been fortunate in what appears on your feed on various social media platforms, or in the success or virality of your content as a creator, or in what gig economy jobs you are offered. However, we can also place it within wider public discourse employing theistic conceptions of AI. Building on anthropological fieldwork into the ‘entanglements of AI and Religion’ (Singler 2017a), this article will explore how ‘blessed by the algorithm’ tweets are indicative of the impact of theistic AI narratives: modes of thinking about AI in an implicitly religious way. This thinking also represents continuities that push back against the secularisation thesis and other grand narratives of disenchantment that claim secularity occurs because of technological and intellectual progress. This article will also explore new religious movements, where theistic conceptions of AI entangle technological aspirations with religious ones.
dc.languageen
dc.publisherSpringer London
dc.rightsAttribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)en
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/en
dc.subjectOpen Forum
dc.subjectArtificial intelligence
dc.subjectReligion
dc.subjectAlgorithm
dc.subjectTheism
dc.subjectSocial media
dc.title“Blessed by the algorithm”: Theistic conceptions of artificial intelligence in online discourse
dc.typeArticle
dc.date.updated2020-11-01T16:04:33Z
prism.endingPage955
prism.issueIdentifier4
prism.publicationNameAI & SOCIETY
prism.startingPage945
prism.volume35
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.59407
dcterms.dateAccepted2020-03-27
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1007/s00146-020-00968-2
rioxxterms.versionVoR
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.identifier.eissn1435-5655


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