Is our love affair with AI really about building a new kind of deity to meet human needs no amount of rationality can fill? Max Barry’s disturbing novel Providence lays out the case, says Sally Adee
Hodder & Stoughton
WHY do people pray? An ancient need for rules, civil organising principles and origin stories may help explain why many seem primed to seek out a higher power. But those possible explanations aren’t the whole story. It is what we might think we are praying to that underpins our enduring commitment to a deity, and the notion that by appealing to it we might shift unexplained forces in our favour.
Today, one could be forgiven for feeling the same about …