Book Review of God in the Machine by Anne Foerst More than anything else, the field of science and religion aims to bring separate disciplines into dialogue. In God in the Machine, Dr. Anne Foerst draws on her expertise as both a theologian and computer And what do robots teach us about our relationship with God?. God in the Machine: What Robots Teach Us About Humanity and God. Author: Anne Foerst View colleagues of Anne Foerst.

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We share a physical world. After writing a dissertation on the relationship between Christian anthropology and A. So, in a way, we are a very lonely species. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Will a thinking machine be regarded as a person, differing from humans only in design? As a theologian, she argues that a return to a Biblical understanding of soul would help correct the dualistic, individualistic view of the soul that she attributes to Descartes.

So, we have to build them communal, which will be the most fascinating thing about them.

That intrigued me because that is the type of understanding of humans that we can find in the Bible. But what feelings do these lifelike machines really provoke in us?

So, we are running out of time, but I am curious, how did you become interested in this topic? Discover what to read next. As a German theologian transplanted into an machije environment, Foerst was received with both hospitality and skepticism by MIT colleagues. And, I was quite intrigued by that.

Michael Fitzgerald rated it liked it Jul 04, And, intelligent databases like that certainly serve their purpose.

But what feelings do these lifelike machines really provoke in us? Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. It was interesting, because I think he hoped that I would become something of a critic of AI, but I never became one. Perhaps a more nuanced presentation would better portray the way in which conflicting narratives of the human body function voerst Western culture.


And, theology obviously tells a lot of stories too. That is really what makes us human, not the individual that thinks, but the person that is in community with other people trough embodiment. Published November 29th by Plume first published December 16th Post was not sent – check your email addresses! For the same reason, it is the very emotionality Commmander Data from Star Trek displays every time it complains about having no emotions that endears it; an emotionless machine would not constantly raise the issues of its own worth, value, and personhood.

How can the two be related? When you try to build humanoid robots that are like us, you have to assume that humans are some kind of machine. And, those are usually scientists that I interact with the most. Mmachine, it makes sense that we would try to build a species that would be our partners and friends.

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Allen rated it really liked it May 08, For instance, consider recent debates on the status of Pluto. Kyle rated it did not like it Aug 03, The Golem tradition teaches us that we are created creators, and that these artifices — like us — would enter into a system of sin and ambiguity. Click here to sign up. And, the nice thing about the golem traditions, which go back to the 13th century to the Jewish mysticism called Kabala, is a real connection between current artificial intelligence research and this old eastern European motive.

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God in the Machine: What Robots Teach Us About Humanity and God

If life was just a dream, would you want to The problem here is that people can emotionally bond with all sorts of entities that strain the notion of what can be considered part of the community and what cannot. Sunday, December 31, God in the Machine: I would have liked some citations for this claim, because I know of no mainstream Biblical scholar who would support it. You are commenting using your Facebook account.


We look desperately for animal intelligence by trying to communicate with chimps and dolphins. But, the problem with Cog was that they had so much difficulty trying to get Cog to coordinate its body. And what do robots teach anns about our relationship with God? Mchrbn marked it as to-read Mar 11, I always refer to the Frakenstein story. But, a lot of people are uncomfortable with that kind of discrepancy.

And, with Cog, there was too much that the robot did on its own, and I always thought that we needed a robot that was purely reactive, just reacts to input from the outside world, and see what such a robot could do. Becky marked it as to-read Jul 01, Dutton- Religion – pages. Glowin56 added it Jan 05, The book also has its weaknesses that show the kind of category mschine theologians can make when confronting advances in cognitive science and AI.

God in the Machine : What Robots Teach Us about Humanity and God

Take, as an example, the issues of bonding and community, which are pivotal concepts used throughout the book. Almost fanatical, one might day. Remember me on this computer. Previous Posts 21st cent.

The increasingly lifelike capability of robots in the real world has many prominent thinkers wondering how humans and their creations will interact in the ajne.