I study the power of religion in contemporary culture, particularly with regard to the interaction between religion and technology. Other interests include the history of science, anthropology of science, contemporary art, literature, Christian history, fairy tales, and folktales.
My past research focused upon the relationship between artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and religion (primarily the Singularity, mind uploading, & sentient machines, but also Shinto and Buddhist ideas as they relate to the development of Japanese robotics). In addition to essays published in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, and Theology and Science, that research led to the publication of Apocalyptic AI: Visions of Heaven in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality (Oxford 2010).
Presently, I am studying virtual worlds and video games. I am the Principal Investigator on a National Science Foundation Grant and I have recently completed a book about online gaming and religion, which is in review.
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