CategoryHuman Dignity

WeeklyTech #12 – China and technology

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The rise of the new Chinese state under the leadership of President Xi Jinping has been a predominant force in the conversation surrounding technological innovation, economic development, and basic human freedoms. As China has sought to emerge as the leading tech superpower alongside the U.S., it has often done so at the expense of basic human rights such as freedom of religion and speech. As we...

Announcing my new book

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I am excited to announce that my new book, The Age of AI: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity, is now officially available for pre-order with most major book retailers. The book will release next March with Zondervan Publishers. I wrote it to help all of us navigate our digital age as we explore the social, moral, and ethical challenges of our ongoing interactions with artificial...

Should you be concerned about facial recognition technology?

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Imagine a society where a criminal could be tracked down almost immediately by police and taken into custody, all by using his face as identification. Or a world where you no longer need to carry your ID card, insurance information, or even your credit or debit cards because you could pay for your meal using facial recognition, as many do today in the eastern city of Hangzhou, China. While...

What is augmented reality?

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Imagine a world where you see the price of any item hovering above it or even someone’s personal information in a menu beside their head as you meet for lunch. You would never forget a name or a birthday. These are examples of augmented reality (AR). AR is a new tool that utilizes various forms of artificial intelligence (AI) to capture and process data from a host of cameras to reconstruct our...

Why Robot Commercials Creep Us Out

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Here is an excerpt from my latest article at The Gospel Coalition: You might have noticed a recent trend in commercials: robots. It was a noticeable theme among Super Bowl ads this year. From Intuit’s RoboChild to SimpliSafe’s robopocalypse, these ads are playing on growing fears about technology and the rise of artificial intelligence: fears about losing jobs, feeling unsafe, being outsmarted...

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Jason Thacker

Jason serves as Associate Research Fellow and Creative Director at The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. He writes and speaks on topics including human dignity, ethics, technology, and artificial intelligence. He is the author of The Age of AI: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity with Zondervan (March 2020). He is married to Dorie and they have two sons.

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