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
John Wyatt is a great thinker, speaker and writer from a Christian perspective on Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI). On his website, he posts regular blogs and resources which are so helpful as you seek to better understand the latest advances and what it means for humanity.Find out more
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
Can you be a “Christian Transhumanist”? Nigel Cameron explores the new phenomenon in this article.read more
This is the first in a series of blogs by Matt James, seeking to answer the vital question about how we keep the faith in the digital revolution.read more
This is the second in a series of blogs by Matt James, seeking to answer the vital question about how we keep the faith in the digital revolution.read more
This is the third in a series of blogs by Matt James, seeking to answer the vital question about how we keep the faith in the digital revolution.read more
This is the final part in a series of blogs by Matt James, seeking to answer the vital question about how we keep the faith in the digital revolution.read more
Researchers working on the OpenAI team warned Board members of a powerful discovery on Project Q*.