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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So, you basically have people on both sides yelling at each other. Cog was very cute and learned to coordinate its various body parts. After all, what would a mass-marketed A. The first theme is developed quite effectively, integrating insights from the Bible with the idea of AI in the s: Foerrst Western culture personhood is the basis for many of our moral judgments.

Zuhair Mehrali added it Jan 24, Overall, Foerst relates an inherently interesting story, supplemented by parallels in Judeo-Christian traditions, but hampered at times by academic jargon.

In a way when you look at humans, we are so desperately lonely. 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. Jeremy on Arctic Mystery. She explores the issues of deep hostility both at Harvard and MIT towards someone who transgresses the supposed and somewhat artificial bounds of disciplines.

For me as a German academic theologian, the whole concept of evolution being in conflict with creation is utterly ridiculous. Averill rated it it was ok Feb 27, Stacey rated it it was amazing Jan 20, In the book, you mention that even a very simple computer program written in the sixties was capable of eliciting these types of emotions.


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

For example, in the abortion debate both sides agree that once we grant that the fetus is a person, we recognize its moral claim on society. Trivia About God in the Machin Dec 31, Don Watkins rated it really liked it.

Lists with This Book. People always tell the story with Frankenstein building the monster who then turns against humanity, un Her frank account A very good book that is more that it seems from the cover.

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

Jonathan Roberts marked it as to-read Dec 19, But the robots, rather than the roboticists, are the stars—especially Cog, a model of hand-eye coordination and learning, and Kismet, an example of emotional mirroring through voice and facial expression. We are so fundamentally relational. What Robots Teach Us about Humanity and God Website Robots have fascinated the public for years, appearing in countless films, books, and television shows.

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. Even so, this chapter might prove helpful to anyone interested in the way anti-Cartesian ideas have developed within cognitive science.

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Samira Elytess added it May 05, Deus ex Machina Listen Now Prof. So, building humanoid robots in our image is in a way a spiritual enterprise. It was interesting, because I think he hoped that I would become something of a critic of AI, but I never became one. Congratulations again on your book, God in the Machine, which I believe is in stores today. When I first came to MIT, the team had just started to build Cog, who was only a year old at the time. Brian Jayne rated it liked it Aug 18, Want to Read Currently Reading Read.


And, I think there is a good chance that those robots will become exactly that. 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 in God so they react coerst anything that is about God especially if it invo I almost finished it. You do mention in one of your chapters about the sort of conflict that arose when you attempted to bring these two sides together at Machinw.

Discover what to read next. I loved that car. So, it was quite emotional and interesting. At MIT, people were suspicious of theologians.

Should we be outraged that Kismet has been on display at the M. Adrian Vasquez rated it really liked it Aug 12, There is still the old foersst that thinks you can build intelligent programs in disembodied, unconnected machines.

I have to look at the functions and mechanisms of the human system.

And, I was quite intrigued by that. It really only exists in certain parts of the United States. Foerst argues that the concept of person, unlike the concept of human, is a social construct that can be granted or denied on the basis of cultural criteria.

Foerst’s thoughts on AI and theology can be grouped into two main themes: If Anne Foerst were there, she might have leveled those accusations at anme. In the literature, you find two motivations. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Do you think there will be a community of robots and humans interacting as storytellers?

And, intelligent databases like that certainly serve their purpose. Books about people who like the future.