WeeklyTech #36

2 things to know about AI and the church

Probably one of the biggest questions I get when I talk about technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), is how to equip people in our churches to begin to think wisely about these innovations. 

Often when topics like AI, facial recognition, or privacy come up in conversation, many people react with glazed over eyes because these topics seem so far off and disconnected from our daily lives. They don’t believe these are pressing issues and haven’t given much thought to them at all. If people are aware, they often tell horror stories or fearful dystopian tales about how technology is ruining our children or will take over human civilization in due time.

But as many of these topics continue to become more and more mainstream, the people in our churches will naturally begin wondering how their faith informs how they use and interact with these tools each day. Gone are the days where we just needed to worry about access to pornography or certain forms of social media on our devices. We are ushering in a new age, 

The Age of AI, where everything we touch or interact with is infused with smart technology of some form that is able to take on tasks that were once reserved for humanity. With new innovations and tools debuting each day, it can be hard to keep up with much less equip people in your church to navigate these tools with wisdom grounded in the Scriptures. Here are two simple ways that you can begin to equip your people to think deeply about these tools and the way they influence our lives. 

Interesting technology stories

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This is how the CDC is trying to forecast coronavirus’s spreadMIT Technology Review

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