Accursio Graffeo

Accursio Graffeo

accursio.graffeo@unimore.it

The PhD research project examines the phenomenon of New Religious Movements linked to Artificial Intelligence (NRM-AI) by combining the historical religious approach with the cultural anthropological one. The project also highlights some elements of connection between NRM- AI and classical religions within the current debate on Artificial Intelligence (AI). Ethnographic research tools are used in the digital context, specifically netnography, to study three NMR-IA movements that consider AI as their object of worship or the horizon of meaning for their beliefs. The research investigates three different levels: (1) Research and interview work aimed at the institutional level of the movements under consideration; (2) “Field” work through virtual methods with users who refer to the three movements, using official communication channels (social media); (3) Analysis of the meanings of interaction with AI experienced in terms of otherness – as other than self – possibly reconsidered in the form of divine element and concrete element.