“I’m all for technology being used in a good sense. I often say to people, AI is like a knife, a very sharp knife. You can use it to operate with, or you can use it to kill people.” — Professor John Lennox
Artificial Intelligence is the buzz phrase of the 21st century. For some, it’s a welcome step into a future that promises all manner of good. For others, AI is damaging at best and, at worst, a step towards our own destruction. This episode, with the help of the great John Lennox, we ask the question: is Artificial Intelligence an under-estimated threat… or the saviour we’ve been waiting for? This episode is brought to you by series sponsor Zondervan Academic, publishers of Telling a better story: how to talk about God in a skeptical age by Josh Chatraw.
- Meet Professor John Lennox
- Get Professor Lennox’s book 2084: Artificial intelligence and the future of humanity
- Read more about how China is using surveillance technology to keep tabs on its citizens in this article from The Atlantic: ‘The Panopticon Is Already Here‘
- Check out George Orwell’s masterpiece 1984
- Learn more about the Singularity with this article from Futurism: ‘Singularity: Explain it to me like I’m 5 years old’
- Why Elon Musk fears artificial intelligence, Vox
- Lennox called Google’s Chief Futurist, Ray Kurzweil, “one of the great gurus in this field”. Read more about him here.
- Find out more about Yuval Noah Harari, author of Sapiens and Homo Deus
- Watch the Astronomer Royal, Lord Martin Rees, talk about the potential dangers of science and technology over the next 50 years
- Read more about science fiction author Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics and why they’re a little out of date
- Say hi to episode guests Dr Grenville Kent and Dr Vicky Lorrimar
- Read a recent ABC opinion piece by Dr Lorrimar, What hope? Dreams of immortality in the time of a pandemic
- More on Beowulf, the longest epic poem in Old English.
- Here’s some ancient ‘technology’ to find out more on (as mentioned in this episode’s Five Minute Jesus)
- Read the whole story of the Tower of Babel from the Book of Genesis
- More on deus ex machina (not the Australian motorcycles)
- Read the Asilomar Ethical Principles
- Watch Rosalind Picard’s TedTalk about the smartwatch she has developed that can detect seizures.
All the movies referenced in this episode:
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Star Wars … all of them.
- Terminator (the original!)
- Bladerunner (1982)
- Avengers: Age of Ultron
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