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AI and Faith: Looking Back on 2018 Change is in the wind for Big Tech in 2019 after significant societal concerns in 2018 reversed the flow of disruption back on to the Disruptors. While significant advances continued in data capture, predictive analytics, deep...read more
There is considerable backlash against the idea that the trolley problem is a useful thought experiment to explore the ethics of autonomous vehicle (AV) technology. While it is true that there are many conceptual pitfalls in its application, the trolley problem is...read more
Ding. Ding. Ding. You’ve just picked today’s Jeopardy Daily Double. How much would you like to wager? . . . And here is your clue: Hannah Weinhold’s TV viewing habits and Jair Bolsonaro’s election as president of Brazil. And the question is . . . “What are two widely...read more
Does religion say anything about artificial intelligence?
That is our essential question, isn’t it? AI and faith seem like opposites. Indeed, twenty months ago, our early Founding Members decided on this name to play off a sense of unlikely bed fellows. We set out to demonstrate that, in fact, these two ways of thinking pair well in the quest for human flourishing.
A lot has happened since we launched.read more
Two buttoned-down AI scientists and a ‘can’t we all just get along?’ hippie walk into a bar . . .
OK, please forgive the click-bait opening sentence, but after reading these two very different books about the very same subject, I couldn’t help myself. Both books purport to address a compelling question: Given that algorithms increasingly control our lives, can they be designed to incorporate humane values up front — as opposed to simply seeking, after-the-fact, to regulate their dangerous outcomes?read more
Leaders in both tech and government will be talking about this book, and grappling with it, for a very long time. And it often surprises — not because its opinions are startling, but because hearing them from a tech leader is so uncommon.read more
What does it mean to be human? Or, put more narrowly in light of the advances of AI and neuroscience, should we think of humans as simply a complex form of biochemical computer? Is the human mind, including its sense of self-consciousness, really nothing more than the...read more