Florida Futurist Pastor Embraces Robots and Technology

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One of the topics we don’t hear much about is robotics and faith.  Where does faith play in autonomous AI?  Reverend Christopher Benek, associate pastor of Providence Presbyterian Church in Florida, is attempting to be among the open arms welcoming non-human intelligence into the Christian Faith.  Reverend Benek is an outspoken contributor and critic on including religion into the future.

Here is an article Reverend Benek challenges Humanity+ and Atheism with Religion+

Famed English theoretical physicist, author, and cosmologist, Stephen Hawking went on record as warning the public about the dangers of AI to humanity, December, 2014, on BBC.

But can humanity transfer the notion of faith and spirituality into a machine learning technology?  The Future of Life Institute, a volunteer-run research and outreach organization, is focused on protecting human life in the existential crisis we will all be facing when AI matures.

Here is the open letter scientists, philanthropists, and futurists like Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, and countless others have signed.  The open letter states priorities in ethical sustainability of AI.

Does the future have room for transitioning faith into the future?

 

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Prior to serving in the Navy, Andrew was a professional martial artist with numerous awards including Athlete of the Year (1999), International Champion (two years in a row), and was the first competitor to place first in seven events in international competition (two years in a row). He trained with the prestigious Beijing Wushu team and has over ten years experience as a coach and mentor.

After serving in the Navy, he taught for Apple, made several award winning short films, and earned a degree in Interactive Design. He is also an alumnus of the USC School of Cinematic Arts.