Even if you are the greatest technophobe, it’s worth recognising that everyone, everywhere is affected by Artificial Intelligence (AI). Whether going shopping or on a phone helpline, paying for parking or receiving healthcare, AI is already having an impact on your life and will increasingly do so in the coming years. Some of these technologies are extremely helpful. You might be grateful that a chatbot can save me waiting half an hour to ask a simple question about my phone bill. On the other hand, you might find it concerning that facial recognition software is used to track people’s whereabouts in some countries. This is a topic we need to think about in our churches!

While Christian thinking on technology in general is fairly well developed, we haven’t had that long to think about AI specifically. As with most new technologies, the Bible has nothing to say about AI specifically, but much to say in general about how we use it. Some people are more cautious than others about the potential of AI to contribute to society, while others are more optimistic. No doubt Christian thinking on this subject will develop rapidly, and a resource like this will be very different in five or ten years time.

There are now many Christian resources available on AI, so these are provided as a starting point for your own exploration of the subject.

This work is being done in collaboration with the AI Christian Partnership, which exists to bring together Christian organisations, theologians and technologists to help the Church respond to the opportunities and challenges of AI.

Course: Artificial Intelligence, Genuine Care

In the past year AI has gone from futuristic pipedream to very present reality. It suddenly poses significant questions for church leaders, ranging from “Can ChatGPT write good sermons?” to “How do I counsel church members who are using AI-powered dating apps?”

Presented by experts in the field, this course will connect theological thought, practical pastoral considerations, and popular engagement. In a revised format from previous years, it takes place over five Wednesday evenings, spread though the 2023 / 24 academic year (three online, two in person). Each session will have a small amount of material provided in advance to read, watch or listen to, so the meetings themselves can rapidly get to discussing key issues of interest to participants.

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Faraday lectures

Finding Freedom and Joy in a World of Artificial Intelligence

Dr Rachel Siow RobertsonRevd Charmaine Mhlanga

Finding Freedom and Joy in a World of Artificial Intelligence

April 13, 2023

The Robot Will See You Now

Prof. John WyattMr Graham Budd

The Robot Will See You Now

April 8, 2022