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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.
  • Artificial Intelligence(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, and problem-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 are extended beyond usual human limitations by mechanical elements built into the body.
  • Darwinism. The theory of the evolution of species by natural selection advanced by Charles Darwin.
  • Divine. Of, from, or like God or a god.
  • DNA. Deoxyribonucleic acid, a self-replicating material that is present in nearly all living organisms as the main constituent of chromosomes, and is the carrier of genetic information.
  • Embodied Intelligence. An intelligent agent that has a body.
  • Embodiment. A tangible or visible form of an idea, quality, or feeling.
  • Emotional Intelligence. The capacity to be aware of, control, and express one's emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically.
  • Emotions. A natural, instinctive state of mind deriving from one's circumstances, mood, or relationships with others.
  • Ethics. The moral principles that govern a person's behavior or the conducting of an activity. Ethics also refers to the analysis or the evaluation of morality.
  • Foreknowledge. Awareness of something before it happens or exists.
  • General or Strong AI. AI designed to successfully perform any intellectual task that a human being can do.
  • Holiness: the state of being holy.
  • Immortality. The ability to live forever; eternal life.
  • Immutability. Not capable of or susceptible to change.
  • Interiority. The quality of being interior or inward.
  • Narrow or Weak AI. AI designed to do narrow tasks like facial recognition, driving a car, or speech recognition.
  • Neuroscience. Any or all of the sciences, such as neurochemistry and experimental psychology, which deal with the structure or the function of the nervous system and brain.
  • Robot. A machine that can replicate specific human movements and functions automatically.
  • Robotics. The branch of technology that deals with the design, construction, operation, and application of robots.
  • Solitariness. A person who lives alone or in solitude, or avoids the society of others, possibly for religious motives. Solitary confinement.
  • Sovereignty. Supreme power or authority. The right to reign over or rule as supreme power or authority.
  • Techno Sapiens. A new intelligent species resulting from Homo sapiens' integration with technology. Techno sapiens are physically different from previous human groups through the use of technology-assisted genetic and physical modification.
  • Technological Singularity. The idea that AI will surpass humans in every intellectual and creative dimension, leading to incredible advances.
  • Transhumanism. Belief or theory that the human race can evolve beyond its current physical and mental limitations, especially utilizing science and technology.


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