In Our Image

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Overview

In Our Image is the first extensive theological engagement with the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Herzfeld probes this new field, which seeks to replicate thinking in computers and more broadly to model human intelligence, for its theological depth. Offering a smart, accessible history and typology of research in AI, Herzfeld shows how its rival schools parallel competing options in the theological anthropologies. Herzfeld's exciting work further develops a relational model, in which she finds a needed corrective to the individualistic and narcissistic tendencies of much recent spirituality and the seeds of a human/computer ethic for the future.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800634766
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/5/2000
  • Series: Theology and the Sciences Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 148
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 In Our Image: The Desire for Artificial Intelligence 1
2 Reason, Regency, or Relationship: Three Approaches to the Image of God 10
3 Copy, Tool, or Friend: Three Approaches to Artificial Intelligence 33
4 HAL or R2-D2?: Two Images of Artificial Intelligence in Science Fiction Film 53
5 Why Create an Artificial Intelligence? A Christian Critique 68
6 Toward a Human-Computer Ethic 85
Notes 96
Bibliography 124
Index 132
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