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

In Our Image: Artificial Intelligence and the Human Spirit

Augsburg Fortress / 2002 / Paperback

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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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Title: In Our Image: Artificial Intelligence and the Human Spirit
By: Noreen Herzfeld
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 135
Vendor: Augsburg Fortress
Publication Date: 2002
Dimensions: 9 X 6 X 0.38 (inches)
Weight: 9 ounces
ISBN: 0800634764
ISBN-13: 9780800634766
Series: Theology and the Sciences
Stock No: WW34760

Publisher's Description

In Our Image is the first extensive theological engagement with the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Herzfeld probes this new field, which seeks to model human intelligence in computers, for its theological depth. She argues that "At the root of the fascination our current culture has with creating an image of ourselves in an intelligent computer lies a continuing problematic of defining ... what it means to be truly human." She shows how AI continues the classic Christian quest for defining the image of God in humans.

Offering a smart, accessible history and typology of research in AI, Herzfeld shows how its rival schools parallel competing options in the theological anthropologies of Niebuhr, von Rad, and Barth. She probes our interest in AI and argues that a relational anthropology informs the best research and the many depictions of AI in science fiction and film. Herzfeld's exciting work further develops this relational model, in which she finds a needed corrective to the individualistic and narcissistic tendencies of much recent spirituality and the seeds of a human/computer ethic.

Author Bio

Noreen L. Herzfeld is Associate Professor of Computer Science at St. John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota. She holds a doctorate in theology, and advanced degrees in mathematics and computer science.

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