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Glossary - AI and Theology

As we have conversations about Theology and AI, it essential to understand some of the terms which will be used. As I plan to write about these terms in future writing, I thought it would be good to add a list here. I will write posts specifically on some of these topics, but the goal here is to provide a brief definition.
Alien-AI. AI mechanism which is not intended to mirror human intelligence.Android. In science fiction, a robot with a human appearance. ArtificialIntelligence(AI). An area of computer science that emphasizes the creation of intelligent machines that work and react like humans. Some of the activities computers with artificial intelligence are designed for include: speech recognition, learning, planning, andproblem-solving.Consciousness. The state of being awake and aware of one's surroundings.Creator God. The creator and ruler of the universe and source of all moral authority; the supreme being.Cyborgs. A fictional or hypothetical person whose physical abilities …

Why should religious leaders care about Artificial Intelligence (AI)?

When I started with the research on AI and theology for my dissertation, I mentioned the topic to some people. Many people were impressed with my topic. I also got strange reactions from people who thought I was going to work on an issue that does not have anything to do with religion or theology. Someone commented, “at the end of the day, it is a machine, and you can take out the power plug.” I do not think they understand the issue or questions raised by AI.  
I will be highlighting many issues in future posts. Let me give you one reason to start. It is the view on religious services or gathering. Online services have become standard for many years now, and many attend a church or religious service online. With COVID-19 and lockdowns, everyone went online to conduct their services. Many who opposed online services in the past started worship services over Zoom, Skype, Facebook live, Youtube live, etc. Even some people started doing communion online. Still, there are people involved…