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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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Trivia About God in the Machin Her frank account of the outright small-minded dogmatism of MIT researchers to her offering a class, most often without reading her syllabus,shows that illiberality is not qnne a characteristic of the “religious. Foerst’s thoughts on AI and theology can be grouped into two main themes: And, those are usually scientists that I interact with the most.

The strongest section of the book deals with the Golem tradition from Jewish writings of the 13th and 16th centuries. John marked it as to-read Sep foefst, She is the author of the new book, God in the Machine: Jan 03, Lucas rated it it was amazing Shelves: Cog was a humanoid thf, at first with one arm, then two arms, a head, torso, gyroscope, eyes, ears, and all that kind of stuff.

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

Unfortunately, as is often the case with discussions concerning the legacy of Descartes, Foerst sometimes overreaches. First of all, I was always fascinated by technology.

Remember me on this computer. Foerst later examines the narratives we form about robots in order to illustrate the tue of human nature and encourage the adaptation of an inclusive narrative that can help overcome teh estrangement. Estela marked it as to-read Jul 15, Refresh and try again. Nevertheless, these examples do not undermine the larger point that the mind-body split has had a persuasive influence on Western thinking. You know, it was kind of funny how religious those people were in their rejection of religion.


Books by Anne Foerst. Emily rated it it was amazing Jun 29, When you try to build humanoid robots that are like us, you have to assume that humans are some kind of machine.

The Best Books of So, what does this mean for our development of robots? Somewhere Between Einstein or Frankenstein: Karen rated it it was amazing Jul 08, While go discussion of human nature is somewhat independent of the insights of computer science, it provides a soteriological framework for the rest of the book.

GOD IN THE MACHINE: What Robots Teach Us About Humanity and God

In a way when you look at humans, we are so desperately lonely. Help Center Find new fhe papers in: For the same reason, it is the very emotionality Commmander Data from Star Trek displays every time it complains about having no emotions that endears it; an emotionless machine would not constantly raise the issues of its own worth, value, and personhood.

And, so when I encountered it, my explanation for it was that people try to reduce Christianity to something that is quite irrational, because it is easier to discard it then. Perhaps a more nuanced presentation would better portray the way in which conflicting narratives of the human body function within Western culture.

Do you think there will be a community of robots and humans interacting as storytellers? People always tell the story with Frankenstein building the monster who then turns against humanity, right? We are so fundamentally relational. Jonathan Roberts marked it as to-read Dec 19, Thanks for telling us about the problem. Daryl McDaniel on Narcissism.

I was writing a story about a guy who was love with an artificial intelegence only he did not know and niether did she know she was an ait he was in love with her and his girlfriend sicks her artificially enhanced dog on him anyway the book was really well done. Ernest rated it really liked it Feb 26, A very good book that is more that it seems from the cover.


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. There were tons of wonderful people who really supported me, so in retrospect it was quite exciting. In a way, when it happened, there was a real war out there, and maxhine tried to get rid of me.

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

foerwt Unfortunately, her focus on these bonds taints the bigger message of what robots can teach us about ourselves and about our relationship to God. I think there are scientists who are not. Stephen Garner rated it liked it Aug 27, Bill Tucker marked it as to-read Jul 30, Written by a member of the MIT AI lab and theologian annw in Germany, with a penchant for Paul Tillich, Foerst explores not only the science of AI, brains and consciousness, but takes the theological critiques and questions raised by the science seriously.

Zuhair Mehrali added it Jan 24, Cog was very cute and learned to coordinate its various body parts.

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But, I foest when it comes to real interactive technology, then we have to build them embodied and social. Several of the early top notch AI researchers come from that tradition, and actually relate themselves to that tradition, and see those ancient golem builders as their ancestors. But would the same apply if we acknowledged Kismet as a hhe The second theme, relying heavily on Paul Tillich’s concepts of sin and justification, and focusing on audience perceptions of Cog and Kismet, is generally less persuasive.

Matt marked it as to-read May 27, Almost fanatical, one might day. God in the Machine: