Love AI? Artificial Intelligence

A page on 'artificial intelligence' might seem an odd inclusion to a website dedicated to the Christian faith. However, increasingly we are engendering a time where people will if not already have critical relationship type dynamics with 'difference engines' that are so complex that their IO functionality will be unrecognisable. So hear were are sitting uneasily at threshold where science, religion and philosophy com into play concerning a world that is already in the banking system, in our phones and on the internet. We are at a stage of pre machine consciousness is where we have been in the last few decades is the stage called machine intelligence. 

Examples of machine intelligence (being mindful of what is called ‘brittleness':

Gary Kasparov (World chess Grandmaster): defeated by IBM's 'Deep Blue' supercomputer (which used a aggressive number crunching methodology to process chess moves) in 1997.

IBM computer, named Watson, won the TV game show, Jeopardy, in 2011. Watson (which answered from the application of a set of human defined rules). Watson answered general knowledge questions posed in natural language and won over two former Jeopardy winners.

Apple Siri, Google Photo Search and Google's self-driving car program are examples of systems that exhibit intelligent human behaviour.

Petman an amazing life like humanoid robot can support troops in the battlefield. 

Big dog is an incredible cattle like robot which again can support troops in the field of battle.

If we describe an intelligent machine as something that displays useful conduct i.e. understandable, predictable and controllable actions, then where we are at today is the point at which inventors and scientists are creating program systems that actual behave as if they were conscious machines. This is on account of the push to make systems appear autonomous and able to adapt and optimise within their own circumstances. Sentience and eternal significance are further and deeper areas of focus in some discipline in Theology and Philosophy these subjects helps us think about the fascinating place we find ourselves in today concerning science, computers, robotics and eternity.

IBM's Watson defeated Garry Kasparov using a 'brute force' approach which involved running through millions of possible outcomes for each move. Watson's 'intelligence' arose from its ability to apply set of human-defined rules.

While it is agreed that both Deep Blue and Watson exhibited the appearance of intelligence, they were not conscious and not part of the Bible indicates as eternal beings.  

Bringing this back to Biblical reference; Thomas Aquinas asks and answered some interesting  in his famous work Summa Theologica. In one section of his massive contribution to a philosophical approach to Western Christianity he asked Should we love non-rational creatures: Following this idea one can see this is still relevant today should we love artificial intelligence (a non-rational created thing)? Fascinatingly some academic research has shown that Aquinas’ philosophy still answers this question today. In essence, he splits the argument down to two areas of focus eternal and non-eternal creatures. He rightly said that we should show a different kind of appreciation and love to the  one from the other. The challenge for us in our modern world is that with a disconnection to eternal things these different areas are mixed and rationalised on the same playing field. This might account for many addictions associated with modern technologies and social media systems. From a biblical context, one could argue that disconnection with human/deity relationship is an earlier indicator of misshapen philosophy concerning AI this even involves our relationship with linear narrative receptivities including TV, Films, Music and internet activity per say. 

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