Start Thinking About AI

I'm often asked what cutting-edge issues are on the horizon that need serious consideration; the coming trends that will challenge the Christian faith and the church.

These days, my answer is immediate: artificial intelligence, followed closely by breakthroughs in what we are able to do to genetically modify the human stock.

Let's bracket genetics off for a moment for a future post. For now, let's talk AI. And specifically, what we need to start thinking about. There are two principle areas to think about.

First, we need to think about our definition of life itself. Yes, as Christians, we feel like we have a good bead on this. What we don't have is the ability to talk about our definition of life with how AI calls all definitions into question.

In his book Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, M.I.T. professor Max Tegmark classifies life forms into three levels of sophistication: Life 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0. Using the terms "hardware" to refer to matter and "software" to refer to information, he deems that Life 1.0 is "life where both the hardware and software are evolved rather than designed." Human beings are Life 2.0, "life whose hardware is evolved, but whose software is largely designed."

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