Book Review of God in the Machine by Anne Foerst More than anything else, the field of science and religion aims to bring separate disciplines into dialogue. In God in the Machine, Dr. Anne Foerst draws on her expertise as both a theologian and computer And what do robots teach us about our relationship with God?. God in the Machine: What Robots Teach Us About Humanity and God. Author: Anne Foerst View colleagues of Anne Foerst.

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That is really what makes us human, not the individual that thinks, but the person that is in community with other people trough embodiment.

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Adrian Vasquez rated it really liked it Aug 12, Refresh and try again. In a way, when it happened, there was a real war out there, and people tried to get rid of me.

In the Bible, what defines humans is their capability for relationships, especially with God of course, and then with one another. The final chapter focuses on the question of whether robots should be considered persons. But she says any criteria of personhood that is narrow enough to disqualify robots will also exclude certain classes of humans, which is morally objectionable. And what do robots teach us about our relationship with God?

And, theology obviously tells a lot of stories too. Anne Foerst draws on her expertise as both a theologian and computer scientist to address the profound questions that robots such as Cog and Znne raise for us all: Weizenbaum was rightly concerned by all this — and even more so when people accused him of violating their privacy when he considered recording all interaction with Eliza. If life was just a dream, would you want to Fill in your details ane or click an icon to log in: There are no discussion topics on this book yet.


Joining us today to discuss these issues of robots and our humanity is Prof. But would the same apply if we acknowledged Kismet as a person?

God in the Machine: What Robots Teach Us About Humanity and God

When I first came to MIT, the team had just started to build Cog, who was only a year old at the time. Specifically, Foerst argues that A. Foerst’s thoughts on AI and theology can be grouped into two main themes: Golems are helpful servants that can get out of hand if the intention of the human creator is not pure and worshipful of God.

While her discussion of human nature is somewhat independent of the insights of computer science, it provides a soteriological framework i the rest of the book.

I mean, if I want to find out how a mcahine works, or how to perform certain surgeries, or other medical things, every idea of humans being more than machines gets in the way, right? Anyway herrr book was more about how people in science especially in MIT are actually anti-religeous and have no clue about how to believe forrst God so they react against anything that is about God especially if it involves science.

God in the Machine: What Robots Teach Us About Humanity and God by Anne Foerst

I use this blog as a way of posting on matters that strike me as interesting. A second objection to accepting robots as persons is based on the possible deleterious moral effects. But the robots, rather than the roboticists, are the stars—especially Cog, a model of hand-eye coordination foert learning, and Kismet, an example of emotional mirroring through voice and facial expression. I loved that car. V marked it as to-read Feb 02, Skip to main content.


To ask other readers questions about God in machien Machineplease sign up. When I was four years old, I was building my own machines. A more sophisticated account, and one more in line with Biblical scholarship, would have examined what any number of individual Biblical writers meant by the word soul.

So, people were a little bit disconcerted and they tried to put me in an irrational category.

The strongest section of the book deals with the Golem tradition from Jewish writings of the 13th and 16th centuries. And, at the same time we look for extraterrestrial intelligence.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. You also talk about humans as storytellers.

At the divinity school, people were antitechnology and thought her quest to combine theology and artificial intelligence was unnecessary, she said. How can the two be related? Though filled with many interesting reflections and explanations concerning the field of A. Foerst later examines the narratives we form about robots in order to illustrate the frailties of human nature and encourage the adaptation of an inclusive narrative that can help overcome our estrangement.