WeeklyTech #134

Why Christians Should Care about Artificial Intelligence

When most of us think about artificial intelligence (AI), we tend to think of the devastating effects of automation in the workforce or even about how these tools might affect our families. The ethical questions surrounding AI are countless and complex. They demand the church’s attention today because these decisions are not made in a vacuum. AI affects our communities and, most importantly, people created in the very image of God.

What Does It Mean to Be Human?

AI technologies are driving many aspects of our modern society and economy. They influence our social media feeds, communication platforms, banking systems, manufacturing, military capabilities, and so much more. Many of the conveniences we enjoy , especially the personalization of various technologies, is driven in some form by artificial intelligence and related tools. 

The Rundown

Our Culture’s ‘Porn’ Addiction – John J. Miller | National Review

Let’s talk about “porn” — not the temptation of sexually explicit material, which is bad enough, but the promiscuous abuse of the word itself.

How should Christians think about day trading and cryptocurrency? – Matthew Arbo | ERLC

Two narrower features of modern financial innovation that have risen into common practice are day trading and cryptocurrency. The two are distinct but often related phenomena. Many norms of day trading apply also to crypto, and of course, crypto can be day traded. How are Christians to understand these innovations? What should guide Christian conduct in commerce? 

Opinion: Consent is not enough. We need a new sexual ethic. – Christine Emba | Washington Post

When the covid-19 pandemic briefly pressed pause on our overheated social lives, many young adults suddenly had time to reflect on their experiences and desires: what we really want from dating, sex and relationships, and what we want and expect from each other. Today, as we make our way back into the world, we need a new ethic — because consent is not enough.

Social Media Fosters Distrust in Institutions. But We Can’t Live Without Them. – Brad Edwards and Chris Martin | TGC

Social media introduced a new frontier of decentralized social, cultural, and psychological power we’ve barely begun to understand. Countless governmental and corporate institutions have been held accountable by movements catalyzed by social media.

The Perils of Public Writing – Elizabeth Corey | National Affairs

Two centuries have passed since the great critic and essayist William Hazlitt wrote the essay, “On Living to One’s-Self.” In it, he advocated living life “as if no one knew there was such a person, and you wished no one to know it.” It is better, he maintained, to be “a silent spectator of the mighty scene of things” than it is to be “an object of attention or curiosity.”