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

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  23 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
A provocative look at the theological implications of artificial intelligence from the founder of MIT’s God and Computers Project

Get ready to meet two remarkable characters, Cog and Kismet. They both enjoy working with others, they’re very attentive, have excellent learning skills, and, according to their colleagues, they’re very charming. And they’re both robots.


Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 29th 2005 by Plume (first published December 16th 2004)
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A very good book that is more that it seems from the cover. 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. She explores the issues of deep hostility both at Harvard and MIT towards someone who transgresses the supposed (and somewhat artificial) bounds of disciplines. Her frank account ...more
Jul 04, 2016 Jordan rated it liked it
While this book covers interesting theological territory (particularly relating to criteria for personhood), it focuses less on what we can learn from robots and AI than I had hoped.
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Jan 10, 2015 Don Watkins rated it really liked it
I really liked the book and the insights that the author supplied. This is an interesting read and it has given me new insights on human-computer interaction. But, in addition to that Dr. Foerst's book provides a great deal of insight into western and Christian thinking. Her work is very scholarly and I recommend this book to anyone. She is incidentally a professor at St. Bonaventure University.
Aug 31, 2007 Sbate rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Books about people who like the future
I almost finished it. 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.

Anyway herrr book was more about how people in science especially in MIT are actually anti-religeous and have no clue about how to believe in God so they react against anything that is about God especially if it invo
Jan 03, 2008 Lucas rated it it was amazing
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“This suggests that our boding mechanisms depend on our own perception of the other and that therefore our ability to bond with them depends much more on emotional settings than on abstract "humanlike" qualities. 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.” 5 likes
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