Archive for July 2020

Artificial Intelligence, the Imago Dei, and the Age of Spiritual Machines

July 23, 2020 @ 5:15 am

Artificial intelligence, in a broad sense, is any task performed by a program or a machine that, if a human carried out the same activity, we would say the human had to apply intelligence to accomplish the task. Things like planning, learning, reasoning, problem solving, knowledge representation, perception, motion, and manipulation and even, to a lesser extent, social intelligence and creativity can now all be performed, to a certain extent at least, by artificial intelligence systems.

 

But if we’re able to develop a technology that empowers machines to do anything a human can do, does this mean that the day is coming when humans will become expendable and replaceable?

 

Will the lines between humanity and machine become blurred in the years to come with the development of more advanced artificial intelligence?

 

Will AI evolve to eventually surpass humanity by becoming smarter than us? How as Christians should we treat AI systems? Like slaves or with the same kind of respect and dignity as a human being?

 

And speaking of which, what is that makes us human after all? Are we human because of how “highly evolved” we’ve become- or is there something else God has placed within us that makes us “human”?

 

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Keeping the Faith in the Digital Age- The Impact of Social Media

July 9, 2020 @ 7:34 am

There are now 3 billion social media users in the world- that’s roughly 40% of the earth’s population. The amount of social media users is growing too- in 2005, only 5% of American adults reported using social media. Now? 70% of them do.

 A technology that enables humanity to communicate and share life together all across the globe seems like a positive, life-giving thing. But is there a dark side to this technology?

Limited research has shown that social media use actually has a significant impact on our stress levels, anxiety, mood, sleep, relationships, and overall happiness and well-being. In fact, some studies seem to indicate that the more we use social media, the more unhappy, lonely, and superficial we become.

But is there a way for us use this technology responsibly? Can we as followers of Jesus harness its power to spread the Gospel and witness to the truth of who Christ is in our lives? Is it all-together an “evil” thing? Or can it be used for good?

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