Three New National Founding Members for AI and Faith

We are pleased to welcome our newest distinguished Founding Members who are all working across disciplines:

Thomas Arnold is a Research Associate at the Human-Robot Interaction Lab at Tufts University and also a lecturer in the Computer Science Department there.  His work at Tufts focuses on the ethical evaluation and design of AI systems for interactive contexts, including how moral norms will shape how social robots are judged. Thomas is an author and co-author of numerous peer-reviewed articles on AI ethics and human-robot interaction, as well as a co-author of “Ethics for Psychologists: A Casebook Approach.”  Thomas was an undergraduate classics and philosophy major at Stanford, holds a masters of theological studies from Harvard Divinity School and is wrapping up his PhD dissertation for Harvard’s Committee on the Study of Religion.

Vincent Bacote, PhD is an Associate Professor of Theology and Director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois.  Professor Bacote‘s areas of teaching and research include theology and culture, theological anthropology, and faith and work.  His numerous published works include “The Political Disciple: A Theology of Public Life” and “Erasing Race: Racial Identity and Theological Anthropology – Black Scholars in White Space”. Professor Bacote is a graduate of the Citadel, holds a masters degrees in divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a masters degree in philosophy and PhD in theological and religious studies from Drew University.

Joshua Swamidass,  MD PhD is a scientist, physician, and associate professor of laboratory and genomic medicine at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL). He leads a research group that uses artificial intelligence to explore science at the intersection of medicine, biology, and chemistry. His work and editorials have been published or covered in WIRED, The Scientist, Science, Nature, and the Wall Street Journal. Dr. Swamidass is the author of The Genealogical Adam and Eve, a regular Veritas Forums speaker, and is often engaging the public with the science of human exceptionality, human origins, and artificial intelligence. Dr. Swamidass is the founder of Peaceful Science, a partnership with WUSTL, to advance science by together engaging the grand question: What does it mean to be human?

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