Artificial Intelligence, Responsibility And Christianity

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a specialized branch of robot control technology that is applied to the human-machine interface. Significant research programs are developing the next phase of artificial intelligence. Is the intriguing goal of making humanoids with a kind of self-awareness a feasible goal? Even without self-awareness, robots have multiple functions, even learning to tackle more challenging tasks. There are many interrelated issues, not least those of ethics and government regulation. This short article is intended to discuss this at an introductory level, and also how this challenges Christianity.


As a specialized branch of automation, industrial robots have existed for a long time and are used for many routine tasks, such as the retention of welding equipment with control characteristics for picking and placing for the fast and repeatable connection of body panels. Robots that can be picked and placed are often used in the manufacture of small components and for the assembly of numerous series-produced household and industrial products. Now, with the prospect of further advancement in commercially available robots, some workers fear the threat of redundancy.

For a basic distinction, while computers can process large amounts of coded information, such as your PC with a link to the Internet, a robot takes the process automation to a stage where it performs specific mechanical movements in, for example, industrial production, performing delicate surgical procedures or inspection tasks such as in food production and the automotive or pharmaceutical industry.


Then, while developments progress to artificial intelligence (AI), computer control goes beyond a programmed sequence of movements to the point where freedom, choice and learning can take place. In this way, a robot with sensor and vision systems can be given the choice between various optional movements and programmed in such a way that, on the basis of its actions in the past, when it is faced with different alternatives, it will remember and use the optimized choices when it is possible. is presented with the same or similar challenge.

Perhaps some robots, more than that, are programmed for answers at a higher level to problem solving, so they seem to have a particular brilliance in medical diagnostics, surgical intervention or during chess. play, for example. What is clear is that we are still talking about machines; we are not talking about something like human rationality. The higher AI humanoids that are designed for complex social interactions remain machines.


Robots, called androids, because they are designed to resemble humans, will pose many challenges for society, because their presence may become a feature of daily life for some people. The ethical use and sociology of androids with AI will require great care and regulation with special training in interaction between humans and robots. It is clear that particularly vulnerable people, perhaps with psychiatric or emotional disorders, become very attached to a personalized robot and respond as if they were a real person. And people with autism, for example, may prefer the zero emotion, predictable socialized responses from an AI robot to those of a family member.


But since AI robots remain machines, we should not consider them anthropomorphic, as if they have real human personality types or emotional sensitivity or heat. The machine has no worries in the world and will never suffer real moral guilt, and never have the ability to develop social awareness or responsibility to the point where it begins to act in society as if it were a kind of human sub-species.

With this kind of emerging societies, international agreements and careful regulations will be needed. For just as it may be possible to develop humanoids and androids with an apparent sensitivity, a caring smile and acquired skills, ie a developer with a cunning mind, or a hostile nation, AI might be the cause of all kinds of ulter or immense threatening activities. . This represents serious challenges, and as I write with biblical Christian convictions, our calling remains salt and light in a dark, increasingly hostile world, dominated by much useless thinking, due to the stubborn rejection of God's revealed truth in Jesus Christ. 19659002] • UNIQUE

And if men and women think that they have the intelligence to artificially replicate themselves to the extent that there is almost no difference between them and their own creations, then they have started to decay and think futile. Humanity was the top of God's creation before the fall of Genesis. And although we are by nature moral rebels against God, or sinners, we are still beautiful and unique persons. Let us assume that we have evolved only naturally, electrochemical thought machines with artificial self-consciousness, is a shocking and humiliating self-condemnation for depersonalized futility, without objective value, real responsibility or meaning. And if you've never heard anything like this before, you can never say that you have not been warned!

Against this broader background, it is only biblical Christianity that has a clear basis for the objective value and meaning of our humanity within a clear ethical framework for a healthy human society. Despite the serious moral break between the first human couple and the living God, our Creator, we still retain a sense of justice and of objective injustice. There is still a common real moral protest against murder, theft, rape, hunger and warfare that serves as a preservative for society.


With increasing secularization of social models and patterns of what is considered acceptable behavior for hominids, there will be many challenges for Christians. Here we can face things that contradict the Christian values ​​of truth, purity, freedom of expression, true moral responsibility and freedom to proclaim Christ as the only Savior for true moral guilt. Thus, biblical Christians will have to learn how to bring the gospel of Christ to people who are increasingly being devalued, degraded and dehumanized by immoral and tolerant lifestyles and open to manipulation by authoritarian androids as tools for further social re-engineering. by aggressively humanistic secular states.

It therefore seems that all future developments in AI must recognize that no matter how advanced and free to carry out non-intended actions, the type of intelligence and the potential for its own built-in development. , remains the responsibility of the developers, manufacturers and operators with a license. AI robots need carefully designed, enforceable regulations and guidance for their effective and useful application to society. And those who are now in moral rebellion against God, though originally made in his true parable, will always have a great need for personal reconciliation with God based on the finished work of Christ on the cross, something a robot will never need .

Source by Michael J. S. Austin, Ph.D.

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