AI and Robotics: the science, opportunities, and challenges (all levels of clergy)

Date: 11 April 2019
Location: St John’s College, Durham University
Audience: All clergy

This conference is aimed at clergy of all levels and questions the ethical implications of developments in artificial intelligence and robotics, including where technology and humanity meet. This conference took place in collaboration with the UK Science & Religion Forum.

Themes:

  • What If? Ethical Implications Of Cutting Edge AI And Robotics – Now And In The Future
  • Science And Technology: Biblical And Theological Scene Setting
  • Where Tech And Humanity Meet: Practice And Formation In The Church And Posthumanism
  • The Science Of AI And The “Robot Apocalypse” Question

Keynote Speakers:

  • Dr Ron Petrick
  • Dr Michael Burdett
  • Professor John Wyatt
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Video Resources

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The Science Of AI And The “Robot Apocalypse” Question – Dr Ron Petrick

Ron Petrick explores Technology, Trends and Takeover in relation to AI.

Lecture
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What If? Ethical Implications Of Cutting Edge AI And Robotics – Now And In The Future

A panel discussion chaired by Kathryn Pritchard on the future possibilities of AI.

Ethics
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Science And Technology: Biblical And Theological Scene Setting – Professor Tom McLeish & Professor David Wilkinson

Tom McLeish discusses the relevance of Job and wisdom literature to our understanding of nature, David Wilkinson examines theological issues arising from technology.

Lecture BIBLE
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Where Tech And Humanity Meet: Practice And Formation In The Church And Posthumanism – Dr Michael Burdett

Michael Burdett discusses how Christian theology relates to technology and “human enhacement procedures”.

Lecture Church Action
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In Conversation With Dr Ron Petrick

Ron Petrick discusses his own background working in AI, in conversation with David Wilkinson.

Interview
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Being Human In A Technological Setting – Professor John Wyatt

John Wyatt talks about why AI and robotics should be at the top of the Christian public theological and ethical agenda.

Lecture Philosophical Theology
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