ReligionProf Podcast with Brian Wesolowski, Part 1

ReligionProf Podcast with Brian Wesolowski, Part 1 May 8, 2019

As promised, here in this week’s ReligionProf Podcast is the conversation (actually, for today, just the first half of the conversation) between me and Brian Wesolowski about technology as mediator of grace. I thoroughly enjoyed the conversation, and as always, I found it not only an opportunity to express thoughts I already had, but an opportunity to clarify my thoughts and think creatively as I was prompted and provoked to by questions and thoughts that Brian shared. We recorded this conversation primarily so that he could use snippets of it in a project that he is working on as part of his “Gracefully Tech” endeavor. But we thought that it might also be useful to share the complete recording of the conversation between the two of us.

Of related interest:

Take a look at the 2019 Horizon Report on technology in education.

Kenyan innovator creates glove that can turn sign language into audible speech.

Software of dehumanization

Ian McEwan, “Machines Like Me”

“The Digital Divide: When Even Beggars Need Smartphones.”

Christian Humanism in a Technocratic World

Review of Digital Existence

The Humanities and the Future

In New Scientist, articles about AI: AI diagnoses outpacing those of human doctors, performing surgery, being tricked to drive on the wrong side of the road, making high-speed turns without crashing, taking English exams, monitoring human living conditions for inequities, and turning thoughts into audible speech. They also had an article about the future of crime in an increasingly networked world.

A philosopher argued that an AI can never be an artist, but AI proves useful in studying images on ancient coins and archaeological sites, as well as earth science. 3D scanning is another technology that has great potential in conjunction with AI.

Science fiction doesn’t have to be dystopian

From Inside Higher Ed:

Scott McLemee discussed two books on our networked society

Higher Ed and The Big Nine

Debates about the place of AI in higher ed

Ethical tech network

Interdisciplinary training and future technology

An update about Knewton

On putting Amazon Echoes in student dorms

Surveillance capitalism

Speculative Faith asked where the Christian authors of hard science fiction are

Equipping adolescents to navigate the world of social media

The battle to control the future of artificial intelligence

There was an Evangelical statement about AI

No Sexbots Allowed, Say Evangelicals in Statement on Artificial Intelligence

The Religious History of the Internet

If you haven’t yet discovered this Patheos blog, you should:

“What Could Possibly Go Right?”

The Possibilities of AI Ethics

The Limits of Digital Ethics

Digital Reformation? Consider the Library

From The Tech Edvocate:

We Need Emotional Intelligence with our Edtech

Machine Learning Examples in Education: An Inside Look at 3 Success Stories

3 Ways Artificial Intelligence Amplifies Innovation

Using AI to Personalize Education for Everyone

Your Next Tutor May be a Digital Voice Assistant

It Is Time for the Edtech Industry to Stop Denying Its Equity and Race Problem

Schools Are Turning to Virtual Doctors for Sick Kids

The Minimalists Podcast explores the topic of the recent book Digital Minimalism. The book was also the focus of an article in the New York Times.

A Christian site predicts that 5G will bring the Antichrist

Nick Bostrom and others debate Artificial Intelligence


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