And the Spirit & the bride say, come.... Reveaaltion 22:17

And the Spirit & the bride say, come.... Reveaaltion 22:17
And the Spirit & the bride say, come...Revelation 22:17 - May We One Day Bow Down In The DUST At HIS FEET ...... {click on blog TITLE at top to refresh page}---QUESTION: ...when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? LUKE 18:8

Friday, June 2, 2017

The "Really" File - (Robotic Clergy?)

I observed everything going on under the sun, and really,
 it is all meaningless—like chasing the wind.
Ecclesiastes 1:14 NLT
The level of man's disrespect for God knows no bounds....the UTTER NONSENSE OF MAN...
"German inventors have developed a "robot priest" which dispenses "blessings" in five different languages and beams light from its hands, a machine some say is intended to fuel debate about artificial intelligence and Christianity's future.
In Wittenberg — the same city where Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of a church
launching the Reformation in 1517 — this robot was unveiled as part of an exhibition marking Protestantism's 500th year.

The "Bless U-2" robot has a touchscreen chest, a head, and two arms. Since the exhibition opened on May 20, visitors can select whether they would like Bless U-2 to speak in a male or female voice in English, French, Spanish, Polish, or German.

"We wanted people to consider if it is possible to be blessed by a machine, or if a human being is needed," said Stephan Krebs of the Protestant church in Hesse and Nassau.

Bless U-2 recites passages from the Bible, and says "God bless and protect you." If requested, it will provide a printout of its words. A backup robot is available in the event of a breakdown. 

While robots that offer blessings may seem strange to many, conversation about the intersection of the Christian faith and artificial intelligence is indeed already happening as robotics and new-fangled technology continue to accelerate. And theological questions are mounting.
From the "Really" File

In a February interview with Jonathan Merritt in The Atlantic, Kevin Kelly, a co-founder of Wired magazine, recognized the "spiritual dimension to what we're making," with the rapid advances of artificial intelligence.
"If humans were to create free-willed beings," continued Kelly, who grew up Catholic but now identifies as Christian, "absolutely every single aspect of traditional theology would be challenged and have to be reinterpreted in some capacity."
Kelly has reportedly begun advocating for developing a catechism — a statement of faith of sorts — for robots.
"There will be a point in the future when these free-willed beings that we've made will say to us, 'I believe in God. What do I do?' At that point, we should have a response," Kelly asserted in the interview.

Merritt further explained that others like Mike McHargue, who describes himself as a "Christian mystic" and is the author of Finding God in the Waves: How I Lost my Faith and Found it Again Through Science, believe that AI's rise "would draw out the ambiguities in the ways that many Christians have defined terms like 'consciousness' and soul.'"

Yet robots like Bless U-2 "could never substitute for pastoral care," Krebs said, noting that he also does not view them as a solution to the shortage of priests across Europe.
But he and his colleagues insist they want to "bring a theological perspective to a machine."