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TagHuman Dignity

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...

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...

What is virtual reality?

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An inconspicuous black case sits on my desk, holding a revolutionary device. This virtual reality headset allows you to travel to the ends of the earth and connect with others that are a world away, in an artificial environment of your design and choosing. Each world can capture your imagination with sights, sounds, and the ability to touch digital objects as you manipulate them in your hands...

Rumors of AI Wars: Where Google and the Bible Agree

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Here is an excerpt from my article at Christianity Today on how an understanding of human dignity and responsibility belongs in the development of artificial intelligence for military uses: “Recently, Google hit the pause button on a military artificial intelligence project amidst thorny ethical questions raised by its own employees. Increasingly in new drone and surveillance systems, human...

A Haven for the Digital Age

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“Ordinary people may not understand artificial intelligence and biotechnology in any detail, but they can sense that the future is passing them by.” “In 2018 the common person feels increasingly irrelevant. Lots of mysterious terms are bandied about excitedly in ted Talks, at government think tanks, and at high-tech conferences—globalization, blockchain, genetic engineering, AI, machine...

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Jason Thacker

Jason serves as Associate Research Fellow and Creative Director at The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. 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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