Review of The Spirituality of Awe: Challenges to the Robotic Revolution

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Abstract

This is a review of the book, The Spirituality of Awe: Challenges to the Robotic Revolution by Kirk J. Schneider (Schneider, 2017), which presents a humanistic depth psychology approach to the advent of technology and the human response. His work focuses on the implications for future generations of integrating awe into various public sectors including education and politics in response to the increasing role that automation and robots are expected to play in the upcoming decades. Well aware of the sometimes-necessary position of technology, Schneider expresses deep concern that this technology might be contributing to a stigma of mechanical behavior and disregard for the sentient qualities that make us human. Although Schneider proposes practical methods to balance the capacity to appreciate the lived experience of one’s biology with the wonders that technology can offer, many of his ideas would require significant backing from individuals in positions of influence in the world’s major power centers. He appears unsure of how to make his thesis compelling to those whose vested interests might not be in awe but instead in fiscal gain. Schneider’s work is accessible to scholars and laypersons; it is a well-informed, if incomplete, inquiry on the impact on transhumanist thought on attitudes about technology.

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