Christian Transhumanism: A Bridge Between Theology and AI

Christian Transhumanism: A Bridge Between Theology and AI

In the previous blog, I talked about how theology has much to offer to the AI conversation. With that said, one must recognize that the conversation between AI and Theology is rather awkward at the moment. While sharing common points of references, there are still significant divides in values, worldviews and language. At the root of this disconnect is the last century and half ongoing conflict between science and religion. As a consequence, the theologian is mostly disinterested if not intimidated…

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Is Theology Relevant to Artificial Intelligence?

Is Theology Relevant to Artificial Intelligence?

What does Theology have to do with Artificial Intelligence? What does Jerusalem have to do with Silicon Valley? In this blog, I want to address this question head-on to show that theology is not just relevant but much needed in the current debates about AI. If social media is any indication, not everyone sees the connection between AI and Theology. Consider a recent discussion I had in Facebook where a contributor expressed the following view: “The more I read [your…

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Ultimate Narratives and Why Trump Is Irrelevant

Ultimate Narratives and Why Trump Is Irrelevant

I have intentionally steered clear from political topics in this blog. Yet, just like many in this season, I found myself needing to say something given the unique political moment the US is undergoing at this point. For starters, as an immigrant and strong believer in international cooperation, it is not too difficult to know where I stand on the current administration. Moreover, as an evangelical Christian, I lament our group’s support for Trump’s person and agenda. Simply put, the…

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What Would Open AI Look Like?

What Would Open AI Look Like?

In a previous blog I talked about how big government and big business were racing to get a piece of the AI revolution. In this blog, I want to explore the parallel grass-roots movement of open AI and its possibilities. Open-Source Movement: The Democratization of Technology There was a time in which to compete with technology required a hefty upfront investment. This is no longer the case. For one, consumers and businesses have now the ability to buy hardware as a service…

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How Do We Prepare the Next Generation For An AI Future?

How Do We Prepare the Next Generation For An AI Future?

In a previous blog, I described the trends that led to the current AI renaissance. In this blog, I want to talk about where AI is going and how we can prepare children and young adults to seize on the opportunities emerging from it.  The Global Race For AI Innovation AI startups are popping up everywhere, not only in the United States but in many places in the world. Canada just announced an investment of $93 Million for AI hubs…

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How Can Humans Flourish?

How Can Humans Flourish?

In previous blogs, I often used the phrase “AI for human flourishing.” In this blog, I want to explore what human flourishing is. What is Human Flourishing? I learned of this concept still in seminary when taking classes on ethics, mission and ministry. It is a new term that encompasses three levels of well-being: emotional, psychological and social. It connotes a state in which people are thriving. This may or may not be accompanied by material wealth but it is…

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Are You Ready for Sexbots? How AI is Changing Intimacy

Are You Ready for Sexbots? How AI is Changing Intimacy

Very rarely do the words sex and theology appear in the same blog title. Yet, here we are. Sexbots: The Final Step in Human Machine Relationships In a previous blog I discussed how Intelligent Agents could eventually develop romantic relationships with humans. Yet, these relationships were mostly platonic imaginations. Sexbots are the next level, where robots can actually relate to humans in physical ways, including intimacy. How close are we from this reality? An expert from the Pew research predicted that…

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Chatbots: How AI is Changing Relationships

Chatbots: How AI is Changing Relationships

In my previous blog, I discussed how algorithmic matchmaking was changing how people choose their spouse. In this blog, I want to explore how AI is actually displacing human relationships. While the first example shows some evidence of improving the quality of marriages, the examples in this part are more worrisome. Chatbots are slowly taking on human-like functions in a speed that is alarming. In the near future, they could not only displace human relations but also deteriorate existing ones….

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AIgorithmic Matchmaking: How AI is Changing Marriage

AIgorithmic Matchmaking: How AI is Changing Marriage

  In a previous post, I mentioned that AI was changing relationships. In this multi-part blog, I want to delve further on this topic to describe how AI is changing marriages. I will focus on algorithmic matchmaking which is present in dating sites like e-Harmony. Because these online dating sites have been around for a while, the idea of using technology for matchmaking has gained some social acceptance. However, from a historic perspective, this is nothing short of revolutionary. For centuries…

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