New religions, including one centered on Artificial Intelligence, follow a stereotyped pattern.
Software engineers are trained in design principles, and also have real experience of how complex functional systems appear and change constructively.
New religions aren’t necessarily founded already knowing that that is what they are destined to become.
Reducing the stature and dignity of human beings to that of animals is the whole project of Darwinism or materialism, whatever you want to call it, in a nutshell.
if we are wholly matter, and matter is wholly governed by physical law, there is no room for free will.