WeeklyTech #34

My new book on artificial intelligence

I am excited to announce that The Age of AI: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity is available to purchase tomorrow at most major book retailers!

Technology is behind nearly everything that we do. Driving these technological marvels is artificial intelligence. Often when I talk about AI, I hear one of two reactions. Most people are either fearful of AI or apathetic to its influence in our society.

Famed computer scientist and futurist, Ray Kurzweil says in his book How to Create a Mind that “if all of the AI systems decided to go on strike tomorrow, our civilization would be crippled: We couldn’t get money from our bank, and indeed, our money would disappear; communication, transportation, and manufacturing would all grind to a halt.” AI also drives what we see on social media, how we shop, and soon enough may even drive us around.

As questions abound on how to think about and use AI, Christians are called by God to engage the pressing issues of our day with wisdom driven by love of God and love of neighbor.

In this book, I hope to equip the local church to let God’s word drive how we develop, utilize, and interact with artificial intelligence in our families, work, and society. We do not have the luxury of waiting to see how this technology will affect us. We must proactively engage these technologies instead of waiting to see how they will impact our communities.

I would be honored if you would consider helping me launch this week. Here are a few simple ways you can help get the word out about this book:

  • Share about the book on social media using the hashtag #TheAgeofAIBook
  • Share the book with those around you and at your church
  • Post a review at Amazon or Barnes & Noble
  • Let me know if you would like to host a book giveaway or event to talk about AI in your community. If your church or organization would like to dive into these issues together, we have a small group and family discussion guide available here that you can use to go through the book with others.

Interesting technology stories

Study Shows Frequency of Accidental Smart Speakers ActivationsMorning Brew

Smart speakers are susceptible to being activated by non-wake words, according to a new study from Northeastern’s Mon(IoT)r Research Group.

Inside ‘Amazon Go Grocery’: Tech giant opens first full-sized store without cashiers or checkout linesGeek Wire

Two years after launching a chain of convenience stores without cashiers or checkout lines, Amazon is opening its first “Amazon Go Grocery” store in Seattle on Tuesday morning.

When AI Can’t Replace a Worker, It Watches Them InsteadWired

A camera over each station captured workers’ movements as they assembled parts for auto heat-management systems.

Clearview’s Facial Recognition App Has Been Used By The Justice Department, ICE, Macy’s, Walmart, And The NBABuzzFeed News

A BuzzFeed News review of Clearview AI documents has revealed the company is working with more than 2,200 law enforcement agencies, companies, and individuals around the world.

Vatican backs AI regulations to ‘protect people’Politico

Vatican officials will on Friday release voluntary guidelines for the development and use of artificial intelligence technology, with U.S. tech giants IBM and Microsoft among the first signatories.