At first sight, pondering whether machines can believe in God seems a grotesque and meaningless exercise. But, it turns out that machines can indeed believe in God and do so in ways that mimic the human religious experience. This sheds a revealing light on the question of Faith. The other question is: can machines determine if God actually exists? This is also examined; with surprising results. Artificial Intelligence is not only a technical pursuit; it is a powerful philosophical device.
A system will be recognized as conscious if, in an existential and relational context, it exhibits an observable capability to carry out intentional mutations based on communicated information. The behavior of bees and the color red clarify these concepts.
To make machines conscious we must give them a specific capability AND express it in a human context.