Live Stream Discussion: John Lennox "Should We Fear Artificial Intelligence?"

(Carson Weitnauer) #1

Please join us for a community viewing and discussion of the live stream featuring John Lennox on the theme, “Should We Fear Artificial Intelligence?"

The live stream is embedded here and will start on October 9, 2018 at 7:30pm EDT (Atlanta/New York):

Schedule (all times EDT):

7:30-7:35 Introduction

7:35-7:50 Interview with John Lennox

7:50-8:30 “Should We Fear Artificial Intelligence?” – John Lennox

8:30-8:50 In-Studio Commentary with RZIM Apologists Jill Carattini and Cameron McAllister

8:50-9:30 Q&A

We will look forward to watching and discussing this evening’s presentation together!

This discussion will be especially moderated by @Brian_Weeks. Please reach out to him or the @connectmoderators if you have any questions or concerns about the discussion.

We believe that active engagement leads to deeper transformation than passive consumption.

(Carson Weitnauer) #2

Friends, here are some questions that this event’s study guide provides for discussion during the event. We’ll bring them up as they are relevant:

  1. In Genesis 1, God spoke a second time on Days 3 and 6 in connection with special acts of creation, creating organic life on Day 3 and human beings on Day 6. In other words, God’s divine speech was involved in creating life from non-life and rational intelligence from non-intelligence. Moreover, man became a “living being” only after God breathed “the breath of life” into him (Gen. 2:7). What does this suggest about the possibility of human beings creating intelligent “life” from computers? Can we make silicon beings in our own image?

  2. As a Christian, is belief in an immaterial soul necessary to properly understand reality? If so, why?

  3. Think of God’s single prohibition in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 2:17). Why does becoming a “moral being” require (1) something forbidden, and (2) the capacity to do what is forbidden (i.e., eat the fruit)?

  4. The creation account in Genesis 1 depicts God creating by His Word. The creation account in Genesis 2 depicts God defining morality by His Word. Why are these two facts so crucial for understanding our place in the universe in relation to God?

  5. The Fall of Man in Genesis 3 resulted when man desired to be (or become) a god. How does this demonstrate that the Homo Deus idea—human self-deification—is ancient and not a transhumanist innovation?

  6. How does the Homo Deus/transhumanist agenda of eliminating death, achieving perpetual existence (i.e., immortality), and intensifying the pursuit of pleasure parallel the temptation in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3)? What parallels do you see between these agenda items and what each of the two named trees in the Garden had to offer?