Beth Singler

Dr
Beth
Singler
Role: 
Junior Research Fellow
Contact email address: 
bvw20@cam.ac.uk
Year Joined Homerton: 
2018
Profile: 

Dr Beth Singler is the Homerton Junior Research Fellow in Aritificial Intelligence, and she is exploring the social, philosophical, ethical, and religious implications of advances in AI and robotics from an anthropological perspective. She is also an associate research fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence where she is collaborating on the AI: Narratives and Justice project where she is bringing in social and digital anthropological perspectives to work on the impact of the accounts we give of AI.

Her background is as a social anthropologist of New Religious Movements, and her monograph is the first in-depth ethnography of the Indigo Children - a New Age re-conception of both children and adults using the language of both evolution and spirituality. She has also written on the development and legitimation of other New Religious Movements and digital identities through social media and online conversations.

Research Interests: 

Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Science Fiction, Anthropology, Religious Studies, Futurology, Transhumanism, Technology, Gender, Race.

Teaching And Professional Interests: 

Anthropology, Artificial Intelligence, Religious Studies

Qualifications: 

PhD, Cambridge University, 2016

Awards: 

AHRC Research in Film Award 2017 for Best Film of the Year for Pain in the Machine, the first in a series of short films on AI and robotics.

Dissertation: 

The Indigo Children: New Age Experimentation with Self and Science

Publications: 

2018

Edited a special issue on AI and Religion for the journal Implicit Religion, including my own articles: “An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence and Religion for the Religious Studies Scholar” and “Roko’s Basilisk or Pascal’s? Thinking of Singularity Thought Experiments as Implicit Religion”

Radical Change in Minority Religions, multi-author volume co-edited with Eileen Barker, Routledge.

2017

The Indigo Children: New Age Experimentation with Self and Science, monograph with Routledge.

2016

“No Leader, No Followers: The Internet and the End of Charisma?” in Inform’s 25th Anniversary Conference Volume, edited by Eugene Gallagher, with Routledge.

“The New Age Movement and the Definition of the Child”, in The Bloomsbury Reader in Religion and Childhood, edited by Anna Strhan, Stephen G. Parker, Susan Ridgely, with Bloomsbury.

2015             

“Big, Bad Pharma: New Age Biomedical Conspiracy Narratives and their Expression in the Concept of the Indigo Child”, Nova Religio, November 2015.

“Internet-based New Religious Movements and Dispute Resolution” in Sandberg, R. (ed.) Religion and Legal Pluralism, Ashgate