ReligionProf Podcast with Ankur Gupta: Sapientia ex Machina

ReligionProf Podcast with Ankur Gupta: Sapientia ex Machina January 2, 2019


In this episode, Ankur Gupta and I are back in the sound booth, and talking about way more than just driverless cars. Our project connects with so many different technologies that utilize or integrate some form of AI, that the challenge is knowing what to focus on next. Listen in as we brainstorm, reflect, and simply chat about these things together!

In this first part of what becomes another two-parter, our conversation starts with a look back on our experience of presenting at Starbase Indy, after which we move to a consideration of just how long human beings have been using machines of some sort in our ethical (and non-ethical) decision making.

Many books this past year have been relevant to this topic (and see Subtle Engine’s list of recommended reads on Christianity and technology). Also related in some way to this topic:

AlphaZero underwent peer review

Catastrophically dangerous AI

The sacred and the morality of nationalism

Today’s AIs are a mechanical Turk and we all animate and teach them

The Vatican calls for a ban on killer robots

John Barton on vocation in an era of smart machines

This was the year the robot takeover of service jobs began

Will neuroscience prove a greater threat than AI?

Education must prepare students to work alongside AI

Using AI in an effort to prevent crime before it happens

When life-changing decisions are made by machines

The end of physics and the rise of the machines

Yuval Noah Harari Is Worried About Our Souls

Results of a survey on the morality of robot brothels

Improving brain-computer interfaces

Army eSports

No one at the wheel

The ancient roots of automation

David Brin on owning information

Pygmalion and sex robots

A radical approach to neural networks

Using Machine Learning to Decipher Cuneiform

Chess-Playing Machines

Franklin Graham, free speech, hate speech, and Facebook algorithms.

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