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WASHINGTON (RNS) — Artificial intelligence may allow technology to help people make wise decisions and work more efficiently.
But it is not morally neutral, argues a group of Southern Baptist and other evangelical leaders in a new declaration about technology and ethics.
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“We affirm the use of AI to inform and aid human reasoning and moral decision-making because it is a tool that excels at processing data and making determinations, which often mimics or exceeds human ability,” according to the statement titled “Artificial Intelligence: An Evangelical Statement of Principles.”
“While AI excels in data-based computation, technology is incapable of possessing the capacity for moral agency or responsibility.”
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Dozens of people gathered Thursday (April 11) at an event hosted by the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for a discussion about the implications of artificial intelligence on topics ranging from faith to foreign policy.
ERLC President Russell Moore said the technological innovation could lead to new ways of sharing translations of the Bible with people across the globe who have yet to hear the gospel, and it already allows blind believers to listen to a smart speaker recite portions of the Bible.
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But he said it is crucial to raise spiritual questions about the use of AI.
“For many years I have grappled with the issue that many of our people in my community seem to think that the most pressing cultural issues are those items being debated on Facebook right now,” he said, “when in many cases the most pressing cultural issue is Facebook itself and how we relate to all of these emerging technologies.”
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Jason Thacker, ERLC’s creative director, developed the five-page statement with the assistance of experts in theology, technology, law and medicine.
The statement aims to help evangelicals proactively navigate their use of technology like smartphones and virtual assistants such as Siri or Alexa...
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