Technology

How Artificial Super-Intelligence Is Today’s Tower of Babel

"As a technologist in the field, I am intrigued by the cleverness in designs and algorithms of various AI disciplines advancing the world every day. However, I take issue with making super intelligence that out-performs humans the ultimate goal of AI. " - CToday

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Tools, strategies for online worship vary among churches

"It is still too early to tell what kind of impact we are having, but I do know our online audience is far surpassing our regular church attendance because we have widened the net," Hooks said. "It is also confirmation that what I have been telling the church is true -- 'The church is not closed; we have left the building.'" - BPNews

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“Isaacson’s narrative...genuinely helped me understand the history and the current state of the technological world I live in.”

On The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson... "Somehow some writers of biography end up sounding trite, both in their relating of their subjects’ stories and in the lessons they draw from them." - Mark Ward

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National Day of Unplugging: Are you ready?

"National Day of Unplugging [March 6] is part of a global effort to recognize that we are missing out on so many opportunities to have real connections instead of just digital ones. Check out the National Day of Unplugging website and consider taking the one-day pledge. You could choose to host an event — in your neighborhood, at work, or even with the family." - CPost

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“As we increasingly interact with intelligent machines, will they be responsible to make up for our failures?”

"What if this is a metaphor for our autonomy in general? We humans like to talk about human ingenuity as our own greatest hope. We’re confident that if we work together we can solve society’s worst problems. We’ll even pretend that we can deliver the planet. But we’d also like to keep the argument in our back pocket that when things go badly wrong God should have done something. If it turns out well, we’ll take the credit; if something goes wrong, it’s His fault." - Joel Arnold

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“Social-media platforms have transformed over time to reward mob mentalities instead of civil discourse.”

"Managing social media for a large Christian organization, I see Christians shine the bright light of the gospel and mercilessly eviscerate others online every single day. I fear many of us have fallen into feedback loops created by algorithms intended to generate engagement, and have lost sight of our calling to be known by our mutual love (John 13:34–35)." - TGC

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Technology & Ministry: Benefits, Drawbacks, and Dangers

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In our previous installment, we saw that human culture and technology are a necessary part of the creation mandate and as such should not be viewed as necessary or intrinsic evils. Moreover, we argued that religion is part of human culture, and it will, therefore, employ some of the tools of culture. But before we suggest some ways in which we can use modern technologies to advance the Great Commission, I’d like briefly to highlight the tension that exists between the benefits, tradeoffs, and dangers of technology. We’ve noted that human technology brings with it certain benefits or, to use a biblical term, “blessings.” Nevertheless, over and against those benefits and blessings, we need to be aware of the resultant tradeoffs as well as the potential dangers that new technologies introduce.

Lessons from the Industrial Revolution

The industrial revolution brought with it many benefits. Various kinds of manufactured goods become more available and affordable. Many of the things produced by factories facilitated the services of other vocations and even occasioned the need for new vocations. As a result, many new jobs were created and people employed.

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