News  |    |  November 12, 2019

A functional faith: Artificial Intelligence and faith research group looking to the future

News article by Hope Evans.
Published in SPU Stories – Seattle Pacific University.

Universities are sometimes criticized for constructing ivory towers where academics engage in esoteric discourses with one another, but Seattle Pacific’s community is dedicated to looking for new ways to integrate their theology and faith into their academic fields, their worship practices, and even in the ways in which they engage with and consider the role of technology in society. Faith isn’t compartmentalized for religion class or brought out for special occasions or religious holidays. It’s a daily, durable, functional faith.

AI is shifting the way researchers and scientists are studying the world, and it’s compelling people to ask more provocative questions about the way AI might affect humans. A research team at Seattle Pacific University is all-in, finding new ways to build upon SPU faculty research and opportunities, as well as leveraging recent AI developments to ask thought-provoking questions about AI as it relates to the future.

SPU’s AI and Faith Research Group — composed of a theologian, ethicist, philosopher, neuroscientist educator, and a computer scientist — is thinking about how Christian faith informs the way that we interact with the rapidly changing world of AI. According to the group’s facilitator, Michael Paulus, there is a larger need for more theological reflection on technology. [ . . . ]