Into creation God built every technological possibility that could ever be devised. The robotics and Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) of today are the most recent tools. CARE is exploring the theological, social and practical implications of advances in artificial intelligence and robotics.
Our vision is to equip the church to confidently think through the remarkable developments in robotics and AI.
Together we can take responsibility for keeping our eyes focused on the importance of humans taking care of humans, whatever wonderful machines we use in the process.
The speed of technological progress is moving at a faster and faster pace. The whole idea of technology, from the most primitive tool to the latest silicon chip, is the story of us making things that enable us to do more than we could do without them. Research indicates modern computers are one trillion times as powerful as the most powerful computers in the world around in the year 1960. Our ability to make these super-intelligent machines even smarter increases as they become smaller and cheaper to produce. As they get smarter, they also become just a little more like us. Whilst we are a long way off seeing them do everything that humans can, they can already do some of what we do better than us.
So what are we to make of all this? It’s all the more challenging as changes keep progressing and we keep getting used to them. What about using Robots to take care of our old people? And to act as nannies to our children? What about Robots making decisions that have huge results – like driving cars and lorries that could get into accidents? What about Robots designed for sex? Or, more subtly, Robots designed to be friends and companions and take the place of human friends and companions for people who prefer their relationships easy and under their control?
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Here are resources to help you dig deeper on the issue of AI and technology
Nigel Cameron, 2018
In an age of ever-increasing technological change, Nigel Cameron unpacks in an accessible way what these developments could mean for us as individual Christians, and for the Church as a whole. In the quest 'to make robots human', what is beneficial to us and what is dangerous? What does it mean to be human in the twenty-first century? These questions are handled thoughtfully by Nigel, giving us even more food for thought.Buy on Amazon
Nigel Cameron, 2018
The trend that began with ATMs and do–it–yourself checkouts is moving at lightning speed. Everything from driving to teaching to the care of the elderly and, indeed, code-writing can now be done by smart machines. Conventional wisdom says there will be new jobs to replace those we lose, but is it so simple? And are we ready?Buy on Amazon
Watch videos from our 2018 Robotics conference, including talks by Prof John Lennox, Patrick Dixon, Prof John Wyatt, Prof Kathleen Richardson, and John Cruddas MP.Watch
The increasing complexity of programmable computers leads Alan Turing to introduce a test to determine the intelligence of a machine. This is judged by the machine's ability to exhibit intelligent behaviour that is indistinguishable from that of a human. The term 'Artifical Intelligence' is coined 5 years later.
Deep Blue, a chess-playing machine developed by IBM, defeats Garry Kasparov to become the first robot to win a chess match against a reigning world champion. Computer scientists saw chess as an effective measure of artificial intelligence, and so this victory was significant in proving the capabilities of machines.
With AI becoming commonplace in daily life through services such as Siri and Alexa, as well as the growing interest in driverless cars, the EU releases guidlines on the ethical deployment of AI. The goal of these guidelines is to ensure that the development of artificially intelligent systems is done so with respect to human autonomy, prevention of harm, fairness and accountability.
If you saw the terrific film Hidden Figures – about the brilliant women mathematicians who made possible NASA’s rockets to the Moon – you’ll know that the word “computer” didn’t originally mean a machine. These women were called “computers” because they did all the “computing.” But that’s not where the word originally came from.Keep reading
I was recently invited to speak to an expert meeting on the challenge of Artificial Intelligence at the United Nations in Geneva – specifically, on issues raised for Human Rights. Here’s a summary of what I had to say.Keep reading
I’ve just done a recording for Premier Radio on “transhumanism” – with Micah Redding, a software designer from the United States who has started something called the “Christian Transhumanist Association.”Keep reading
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Explore seminars from our 2018 conference on AI and Technology