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AI and Faith Welcomes Six New Experts

Ken Arnold (Advisor) is an assistant professor of computer science and data science at Calvin University. His research has shown how predictive text interfaces, like those in smartphones and email apps, can shape the content of human communication. He is currently developing intelligence augmentation to help writers craft words that are fully their own to serve their readers. His other research interests include human-AI interaction in communication, creativity, and education. He holds advanced degrees from Harvard and MIT.

Pablo de Felipe (Contributing Fellow- Programs) received a PhD in Chemistry (Molecular Biology) from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain) researching in gene therapy. Afterward, he was a postdoctoral fellow to the University of St. Andrews (UK) investigating in virology and biotechnology. He returned to Madrid and worked in the regulation of biotechnological drugs as part of the Spanish Agency of Medicines and Medical Devices (AEMPS). He is now the Head of Virology. He is also an expert at the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in Amsterdam. Finally he received a PhD in Humanities (Religion and Theology) from the University of Bristol, UK. He has spent the last 30 years studying and reflecting on the relationship between science and Christianity, in particular their encounters and disagreements throughout history. He coordinates the Center for Science and Faith, part of the Protestant Faculty of Theology SEUT (Madrid).

Calvin Mercer (Advisor) is a Religion Professor and Director of Multidisciplinary Studies Program at East Carolina University and holds fellowship status in the International Society for Science and Religion. Mercer is founding chair of the American Academy of Religion “Human Enhancement and Transhumanism” Unit and is a Christian Transhumanist Association Academic Advisor. Trained in clinical psychology and published work on religion, e.g., Slaves to Faith: A Therapist Looks Inside the Fundamentalist Mind, with a foreword by Martin Marty. A former municipal elected official, he coauthored the award-winning children’s book, There Ought to Be a Law: A Bright Day at the State Capitol. Mercer holds a PhD in Computer Science from Harvard, S.M. of Media Arts and Sciences from MIT, a Master of Divinity and Master of Theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell.

Catherine Moon (Research Fellow) is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia, an interdisciplinary research center and intellectual community committed to challenging and offering humane alternatives to the anti-humanistic paradigms of our age. Her research focuses on Edith Stein, AI & technology ethics, and the relationship between experience and moral discernment. She is also a member of the Vatican Center for Digital Culture’s AI Research Group. She earned her Ph.D. in Moral Theology and Ethics from The Catholic University of America.

Giovanni Fernández Valdés (Advisor) is the Assistant Professor of Philosophy at University of Havana. He leads the research project Studies About Science, Technology, and Environment from Cuban Philosophical Thought, and the Research Lab Ecosystem Vision about AI in Cuba (ECOLABIA), and is Senior Researcher of Fundamental Philosophy Group and Member of the Permanent Seminary of Rheology in Spain. He is currently working on the intersection between Ethics, AI and production of foods in Cuba, focusing on how religious and spiritual thought have a positive impact in the application of technologies in socially disadvantaged communities

Micah Voraritskul (Contributing Fellow – Editorial) is the Founder of VerifiedHuman™ focusing on distinguishing human-created content in an AI-dominated era. He brings firsthand experience from the intersection of technology and creative expression. He also has a background in education, philosophy, and technology, along with decades of collaboration with artists, musicians, and writers. Voraritskul holds a Masters of Divinity in Theology/Theological Studies from Union Presbyterian Seminary and a Bachelors in English Language Arts from Lee University.

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