Should We Fear Artificial Intelligence?: Suggested Reading Before the Event

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(Carson Weitnauer) #1

Hi friends,

Here are the recommended pre-readings for the first #trendingquestions event:

Suggested Reading:

  • Genesis 1–3
  • The Abolition of Man by C. S. Lewis

Additional Reading:

  • The Soul: How We Know It’s Real and Why It Matters by J. P. Moreland

Questions for Discussion:

  1. Think of television shows like Star Trek and Westworld, as well as movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Eagle Eye, Ex Machina, The Matrix series, and the Terminator series. How are robots and artificial intelligence generally depicted in popular culture? Are they seen as malevolent, neutral, or forces for good?

  2. As artificial general intelligence (AGI) research efforts continue to advance, why is it more important than ever for Christians to understand what it means to be human? What does the Bible have to say about this?

  3. In what ways might there be a conceptual link between AGI research and philosophical naturalism? Stated differently, why might the plausibility of developing AGI be correlated with the plausibility of Darwinian macroevolution?

  4. Are “artificial intelligence” and “machine learning” nothing more than bad metaphors? Can computers actually possess “intelligence” or “think”?

  5. Is there a soulish component to your existence, or are you just “thinking meat”?

  6. Is human death a “technical problem” that can be overcome through silicon-based bodies and cloud computing? Or is death a necessary part of the fallen natural order established by God?

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Can computers actually possess “intelligence” or “think”?
Is there a soulish component to your existence, or are you just “thinking meat”?
What philosophical connections do you see between artificial intelligence and macroevolution?
What does the Bible say about what it means to be human?
Is death a problem or a necessary part of the fallen natural order?
How are robots and artificial intelligence generally depicted in popular culture?
(Carson Weitnauer) #2