Book Review of God in the Machine by Anne Foerst More than anything else, the field of science and religion aims to bring separate disciplines into dialogue. In God in the Machine, Dr. Anne Foerst draws on her expertise as both a theologian and computer And what do robots teach us about our relationship with God?. God in the Machine: What Robots Teach Us About Humanity and God. Author: Anne Foerst View colleagues of Anne Foerst.

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Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Cog was a humanoid robot, at first with one arm, macchine two arms, a head, torso, gyroscope, eyes, ears, and all that kind of stuff. The golem stories are interesting, because they really have the explicit motive of prayer. In God in the MachineDr.

If life was just a dream, would you want to Gie Esmeria marked it as to-read Jun 30, Refresh and try again. Glowin56 added it Jan 05, The only robotics theologian in the country, her work has captured much media attention, including coverage in The New York Times, The Boston Globeand Science. Foerst later examines the narratives we form about robots in order to illustrate the frailties of human nature and encourage the adaptation of an inclusive narrative that can help overcome our estrangement.

John rated it liked it Feb 05, The other is a more modest goal, trying to find out how we work, learning more about who we are, learning more about what makes us human by trying to rebuild us, and seeing the failures and successes, and therefore find some solution for who we are.

From goerst scientific perspective, Foerst explains the bonding mechanisms that produce in us strong feelings towards other humans or even robots like Kismet.

If for no other reason than this, God in the Machine is worthy of a read by Christians, professional theologians or not.

God in the Machine: What Robots Teach Us About Humanity and God by Anne Foerst

In a way when you look at humans, we are so desperately lonely. This site uses cookies. Tye, intelligent databases like that certainly serve their purpose. For the same reason, it is the very emotionality Commmander Data from Star Trek displays every time it complains about having no emotions that endears it; an emotionless machine would not constantly raise the issues of its own worth, value, and personhood.


Foerst, a theologian associated with MIT’s artificial intelligence lab in the s, writes not so much about robotics or AI as about what it means to be a person, in technological and theological perspective.

She is incidentally a professor at St. For me as a German academic theologian, the whole concept of evolution being in conflict with creation is utterly te. Jonathan Roberts marked it as to-read Dec 19, It was really the first real life attempt to build a humanoid robot, so it was the first time a serious robot team said that it wanted to build a humanoid by basically turning science fiction into reality.

First of all, what I realized was that when we try to build humanoid robots in our image, we realize the complexity of humans. Foerst effectively narrates the delight—and at times, confusion—she feels from her robotic encounters, although some readers will wish for more concrete descriptions of the science and technology involved. In a way, when it happened, there was a real war out there, and people tried to get rid of me. Bill Tucker marked it as to-read Jul 30, They had all of these interesting attacks, in order to kind of handle me.

I was writing a story about a guy who was love with an artificial intelegence only he did not know and niether did she know she was an ait he was in love with her and his girlfriend sicks her artificially enhanced dog on him anyway the book was really well done. Open Preview See a Abne And, they then become religious. Ane a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Natacha Guyot rated it it was amazing Apr 11, This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

So, we are running out of time, but I am curious, how did you become interested in this topic?

Foerxt us today to discuss these issues of robots and our humanity is Prof. How does this relate to our motivation for building robots and understanding ourselves? When we really try to build something that moves like us, acts like us, and is smart like us, our appreciation for nature grows.


So, we tell stories on all different levels.

Abe Underhill marked it as to-read Mar 30, It really only exists in certain parts of the United States. The strongest section of the book deals with the Golem tradition from Jewish writings of the 13th and machinw centuries.

GOD IN THE MACHINE: What Robots Teach Us About Humanity and God

Should we be outraged that Kismet has been on display at the M. So, what does this mean for our development of robots? Written by a member of the MIT AI lab and theologian educated in Germany, with a penchant for Paul Tillich, Foerst explores not only the science of AI, brains and consciousness, but takes the theological critiques and questions raised by the science seriously.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: And, tthe when I encountered it, my explanation for it was that people try to reduce Christianity to something that is quite irrational, because it is easier to discard it then. Chris marked it as to-read May 05, As a German theologian transplanted into an unlikely environment, Foerst thw received with both hospitality and skepticism by MIT colleagues.

A fuller appreciation of robots, it seems, points the way toward healing.

God in the Machine: What Robots Teach Us About Humanity and God

Books of the Week. Book Review of God in the Machine by Anne Foerst More than anything else, the field of science and religion aims to bring separate disciplines into dialogue about common problems. It was actually written by Josef Weizenbaumwho was an AI professor. Dutton- Religion – te.