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Talking about Dignity with AI

Talking about Dignity with AI

We're suddenly seeing a lot of promotions for "AI writers" -- research tools powered by Natural Language Processors like GPT-3 that can generate well-structured, perfectly serviceable and bland text. It has no personality, but it is grammatical and relevant to the...

Louis Brandeis and the Brain-Computer Interface

Louis Brandeis and the Brain-Computer Interface

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the brain-computer interface (BCI) next June, we're learning as much as we can about the current state of the BCI. We're also exploring where these thought-reading technologies are taking us, asking experts to give us their best...

AI Ethics in a Post Turing Test World

AI Ethics in a Post Turing Test World

  In July of this year, Google engineer, Blake Lemoine, broke his confidentiality agreement with his employer by publishing his conversation with LaMDA, an artificial intelligence entity (or bot) that he and his colleagues created. It has been reported that he...

A Day to Honor Our Machines

A Day to Honor Our Machines

Unitarian Universalism and Hinduism have much in common. Most centrally, we agree that "there is a unity at the core of religious diversity," says the Unitarian Universalist Association's web site.   "God can be experienced in many forms, with many faces, but...

Reflect on Faith and Work

Reflect on Faith and Work

As we head into Labor Day weekend in the US, we want to once again highlight the excellent videos made by our own AI&Faith contributing fellow William Barylo. Each video discusses different aspects of faith/work integration, a topic near and dear to our hearts. If...

AI, Protein Folding, and the ‘Interdependent Web’

AI, Protein Folding, and the ‘Interdependent Web’

Can AI help us make more virtuous choices? Can it make us more heroic? More creative? More compassionate? More oriented to our community's well-being? To our world's well-being?  It's worth asking. In the last of our Seven Principles in Unitarian Universalism, we...

Brain Surveillance Pros and Cons

Brain Surveillance Pros and Cons

As EEG and fMRI "smartcaps" make their way into general use, Duke philosopher and law professor Nita Farahany says it's time to engage in a "battle for our brains." The 70,000 thoughts we have daily are becoming more and more transparent. It's time to fight for our...

Digitalisation from an Islamic Perspective

Digitalisation from an Islamic Perspective

A key purpose of AI&F is to identify AI ethics and values issues of particular importance to the faith traditions of members in our AI&F expert community.  We asked our Advisor Yaqub Chaudhary (AI, cognitive science and ethics) to provide an overview of such...

AI and the Breath of God

AI and the Breath of God

A claim for 'sentience' in a Google AI agent challenges us to ask: What is a person? The case of Blake Lemoine has the sound of a sci-fi film. In fact, it's a drama that's actually unfolding, signaling the start for real of the big debate we've known all along was...

The Apocalyptic Imagination:  AI in Human Flourishing

The Apocalyptic Imagination: AI in Human Flourishing

A Conversation in Faith with Michael Paulus "Artificial intelligence has become one of the most powerful and pervasive technologies in our lives," writes Michael Paulus in his just-published AI, Faith and the Future, a book he co-edited and co-authored with colleagues...

Can I Tell You a Story About Stories?

Can I Tell You a Story About Stories?

For many years I attended a church in Seattle whose senior pastor was a legendary preacher and Biblical scholar. The church doubled from 1,500 pew sitters to a peak of over 3,000 under his preaching. Invariably, the high point of a sermon came when he would rest his...

Investing from the doctrine of the Gospel

Investing from the doctrine of the Gospel

Guillaume d’Alançon is the Director of Communications for Aliter Invest, an investment fund founded by Archduke Imri of Austria to apply Catholic social justice principles in their investment strategies.  Both Archduke Imri and Mr.  d’Alançon were speakers  at the 5th...

A Series of Conversations Focused on Transhumanism

A Series of Conversations Focused on Transhumanism

Two Unitarian Universalist members of AI and Faith's Communications Team have launched a web platform to help UU congregations address the wide range of issues raised by technologies that increasingly link AI and the brain. Dan Forbush, a member of the UU Congregation...

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