Hi friends, as you may have noticed by now, I am fascinated with how technological developments are transforming culture, and therefore, changing the apologetic questions of our time.
For instance, today Wired published an article by Sandra Upson with the stark title, Artificial Intelligence Is Killing the Uncanny Valley and Our Grasp on Reality.
As Upson summarizes,
These projects are wildly different in origin and intent, yet they have one thing in common: They are producing artificial scenes and sounds that look stunningly close to actual footage of the physical world. Unlike earlier experiments with AI-generated media, these look and sound real.
A few potential implications:
- The invention of new and amazing art forms
- The creation of mesmerizing entertainment and incredible storytelling
- New kinds of jobs and industries (e.g., “AI Imagineer”)
- An exponential increase in the phenomenon of ‘fake news’
- Technological innovation to ‘verify’ that something is ‘real’
- A backlash and a preference for in-person, #nofilter experiences
As these trends spread around the globe, I wonder if some people will simply become more suspicious of truth claims.
While that creates some challenges, I believe it also opens up an opportunity for the local church, in practical love for neighbors, to demonstrate the reality and substance of the Christian way of life. That will serve as a contrast and as a ‘foolish’, unaugmented example, of God’s presence in the world.
The other thread of this is the sheer reality of God being God. We may be increasingly skeptical of what we see online, but when you meet God - that changes everything. In this coming social context, there may be a greater appreciation that our God can be personally known. You can ‘verify’ God’s reality for yourself.