Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) and the Image of God (Hardcover)

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Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) and the Image of God (Hardcover)

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Can artificial intelligence (AI) attain human-level consciousness? And if so, should the church minister salvation to AI? Through engaging philosophy of mind, AI research, the cognitive sciences, neuroscience, and theological anthropology, Dr. Bellini attempts to answer these questions. The hypothesis is if the hard problem of consciousness can be solved, and if human consciousness is replicable in AI, then attaining artificial general conscious intelligence (AGCI) is possible, and perhaps needs to be evangelized or discipled, as some claim. On the contrary, if the hard problem of consciousness cannot be solved and human consciousness is not replicable in AI, then AGCI is not possible, and it does not need to be evangelized. And in either case, how can the church begin a theological conversation with AI with its potential to match and exceed human intelligence and performance? A theological position on consciousness and the image of God is proposed, demonstrating the uniqueness of human consciousness in contrast with AI and artificial consciousness. A thorough exposition of the image of God is offered to serve as a cornerstone for any future conversation on a theological perspective of machines (AI).
Peter J. Bellini is professor of church renewal and evangelization at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He is the author of Thunderstruck! The Deliverance Ministry of John Wesley Today (2023), The X-Manual: A Comprehensive Handbook on Deliverance and Exorcism (2022), The Cerulean Soul: A Relational Theory of Depression (2021), Truth Therapy: Renewing the Mind with the Word of God (2014), and other titles.
Product Details ISBN: 9781666789355
ISBN-10: 1666789356
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication Date: September 19th, 2023
Pages: 200
Language: English