In Our Image: Artificial Intelligence and the Human SpiritIn Our Image: Artificial Intelligence and the Human Spirit
Noreen Herzfeld

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Presenting three approaches to the image of God and three parallel designs for artificial intelligence, Herzfeld examines what it means to "re-create" ourselves as seen in the context of theology and science. She explores "being human" and "humanlike"; and suggests a Christian spirituality that's relevant in a technological age. 135 pages, softcover from Fortress.
     

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Prefaceix
1.In Our Image: The Desire for Artificial Intelligence1
In Our Image: A Culture's Hopes and Fears2
A Spiritual Question: "What Is a Human Being?"5
Why a Spiritual Approach to AI?8
2.Reason, Regency, or Relationship:
Three Approaches to the Image of God
10
Scriptural Background11
The Image of God as Reason:
The Substantive Approach of Reinhold Neibuhr
16
The Image of God as Regency:
The Functional Interpretation of Gerhard von Rad
20
The Image of a Triune God:
The Relational Interpretation of Karl Barth
25
One Symbol, Multiple Interpretations31
3.Copy, Tool, or Friend:
Three Approaches to Artificial Intelligence
33
Imago Hominis as Reason:
Intelligence as a Quality in Symbolic AI
35
Imago Hominis as Regency:
Intelligence as a Function in Weak AI
41
Imago Hominis as Relationship:
The Turing Test and Emergent Systems
45
Parallel Images49
4.HAL or R2-D2? Two Images of Artificial Intelligence
in Science Fiction Film
53
HAL and Colossus:
The Computer as Disembodied Reason
55
Robby, R2-D2, and David:
The Robot as Companion or Magical Helper
60
Relationality in Science Fiction:
More than the Turing Test
63
5.Why Create Artificial Intelligence?
A Christian Critique
68
Cybernetic Immortality: A Substantive Concern69
Expanded Dominion: A Functional Concern16
Alone in the Cosmos: A Relational Concern82
The Depth of Our Dreams84
6.Toward a Human-Computer Ethic85
Human-Human Relationship86
Human-Nonhuman Relationship88
Human-Computer Relationship91
A Question for the Future94
Notes96
Bibliography124
Index132