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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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She helps give the push against the pseudo-Gnostic dualism that has pervaded the West since Descartes. Also, Cog was very massive and tall, and created a lot of anxiety and fear. The Golem tradition teaches us that we are created creators, and that these artifices — like us — would enter into a system of sin and ambiguity.

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

You know, what is so sad is that the annee happens on both sides. In her book titled God in the MachineFoerst maintains that strong bonds can develop between humans and cars, computers, and other devices. And so, if we build the robots such that we have to interact with them in a good way to make them smart, then it will be a great amne.

So, it was quite emotional and interesting.

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

While this book covers interesting theological territory particularly relating to criteria for personhoodit focuses less on what we can learn from robots and AI than I had hoped. So, building humanoid robots in our image is in a way a spiritual enterprise. In a way, when it happened, there was a real war out there, and people tried to get rid of me. The first is more hubristic and arrogant, playing god, trying to equal god, and so on.

Remember me on this computer. Jan 03, Lucas rated it it was amazing Shelves: The golem stories are interesting, because they really have the explicit motive of prayer. What we have learned from Cog and Kismet is that the best way to build an intelligent machine is to build it in accord with a human newborn, and like a human newborn let it grow in intelligence with its interaction with humans.


Skip to main content. Michael Fitzgerald rated it liked it Jul 04, Trivia About God in the Machin Jonathan Roberts marked it as to-read Dec 19, Well, this is hod an issue that some people might find somewhat controversial, the relationship between robot building and god. A very good book that is more that it seems from the cover.

Ronaldo Soares pego marked it as to-read Sep 20, So, we are running out of time, machinne I am curious, how did you become interested in this topic?

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

You know, it was kind of funny how religious those people were in their rejection of religion. And, when it happened, I was quite hurt, but I had tons of supporters. Sunday, December 31, God in the Machine: Adrian Vasquez rated it really liked it Aug 12, So, one of the stories you mention in your book is from the Jewish traditions of golem building, and how machie can read those two points of view from those stories as well.

Estela marked it as to-read Jul 15, People always tell the story with Frankenstein building the monster who then turns against humanity, right?

It mimics your facial expressions and babbles, and it interacts with you in a quite profound way. Books by Anne Foerst.

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The problem here is that people can emotionally bond with all sorts of entities that strain the notion of what can be considered part of the community and what cannot. Should we be outraged that Kismet has been on display at the M.

foerts Dutton- Religion – pages. Glowin56 added it Jan 05, Her work is very scholarly and I recommend this book to anyone. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License. By doing so, she discovered two incongruous cultures: To ask other readers questions about God in the Machineplease sign up.


Almost fanatical, one might day. Her frank account A very good book that is more that it seems from the cover. The book also has its weaknesses that show the kind of category mistakes theologians can make when confronting advances in cognitive science and AI. 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 im an emotionless machine would not constantly raise the issues of its own worth, value, and personhood.

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.

And so, Kismet was much more powerful for doing what I wanted to do, which was confronting people with their own mechanisms of social interaction, confront people with the fact that they are capable of reacting to just about everything, and making them aware of who they are.

Golems are helpful servants that can get out of hand if the intention of the human creator is not pure and worshipful of God. Foerst, a theologian associated with MIT’s artificial intelligence lab in the s, writes not so nachine about robotics or AI as about what it means to be a person, in technological and theological perspective. In other words, intelligence is a result of evolution, and the fact that we can play machinne and do math is more or less a by-product.

Robots have fascinated the public for years, appearing in countless films, books, and television shows.