[Home]  [Headlines]  [Latest Articles]  [Latest Comments]  [Post]  [Mail]  [Sign-in]  [Setup]  [Help]  [Register] 

Adam Schiff takes on Trump, calling him an 'erratic hothead.' Now he's feeling the heat

Instead of Arresting and Jailing Drug Addicts, Police are Getting Them Help—And It’s Working

Award-winning Cop Arrests Musician on "Asshole Charge" for Cursing at him

Immunity Just Barely Denied To Cop Who Claimed Driving A Beat-Up Car And Paying For Purchases Is Suspicious Behavior

The DEA seized her father’s life savings at an airport without alleging any crime occurred, lawsuit says

Cops Violently Assault Grandma In Her Home After Granddaughter Cursed at Police

Minding Your Mood

DEMS TRIAL TRAP not allowing Trump to take office even if reelected (call Congress (202) 224-3121)

California drivers aren’t paying traffic fines. Here’s what Gov. Newsom plans to do

Police: Couple lured thieves with unattended bike, then beat them with bats in videos posted to YouTube

Cults Queen of Heaven

Susan Collins Working with ‘Small Group’ of GOP Senators to Rally Support for Impeachment Witnesses

Pelosi says Trump ‘impeached for life’ despite McConnell’s ‘gamesmanship,’ ‘coverup’

A Pimp, A POTUS, And A Plane

Neil Peart, Rush Drummer Who Set a New Standard for Rock Virtuosity, Dead at 67

Propaganda and Islam: What You’re Not Being Told

Atlanta Police Make Monumental Move, Disband Entire Drug Unit to Focus on Actual Crime

Electricity Mysteriously “Started Flowing” Through Norway’s Soil on Monday

Ohio Police Captain Gets Pulled Over While Driving Drunk; Officers Let Him Go Home

Tech Giant Doesn’t Want Anyone to be Offended … Ever (And Other Absurd Weekly News)

New Jersey Cop Arrested for Allegedly Stealing Money From Suspects

Come Home, America: Stop Policing the Globe and Put an End to Wars-Without-End

It’s Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

The War Pigs Are Finally Revealing Themselves — And This Is Just The Beginning…

Magnificent Storyteller Soldier Reveals What He Saw In Vietnam

Russia’s Officials And Media Commentators React To The Killing Of Soleimani

Chelsea Clinton's dubious 'earnings' She made big bucks in chemicals and TV, courtesy of nepotism, not skill

Epstein’s Noose Contradicts Official Story of His “Suicide”

Pentagon sends six B-52 strategic bombers to military base on Diego Garcia

City Says Man's Giant, Semi-Ironic 'Trump 2020' Sign Is a Code Violation

UMass Amherst Removed a Professor for Showing a "Downfall" Hitler Parody Video

Stampede kills 40 at funeral for Iran general killed by US

Bolton's willingness to testify in Trump's trial ramps up pressure on Senate Republicans

The Climate Change Sham!

Don't Believe Mike Pence's Spin About Iran and 9/11

3,000 additional troops to deploy to Middle East as Pentagon prepares for Soleimani strike fallout

Did Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais go TOO far? Comedian jokes about Jeffrey Epstein and Prince Andrew as he eviscerates 'woke' Hollywood, telling stars: 'If ISIS started a streaming service, you'd call your agent

Stop saying Biden is the 'most electable'. Trump will run rings round him

RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN CRITICIZES PRO-HITLER POLISH AMBASSADOR TO NAZI GERMANY: THAT BASTARD WAS AN ANTISEMITIC PIG; I HAVE NO OTHER WORDS

NYPD Returns Legal Hemp to Owner after Bragging on Twitter of Huge Pot Bust

Trump’s Point of No Return

IRGC Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani: Trump's Rhetoric Is That of a Casino

Sheriff says "All out Civil War" if gun confiscation

Corporate Media Turns to Warhawks, Including Former Bush Officials, to Beat Drums of War on Iran

Yes, the United Nations is hiring "disarmament officers" in New York. The question is "why"?

United Methodist Church announces proposal to split over LGBTQ rights

Nancy Pelosi Complains: No Notification Before Attack on Iran’s Soleimani

Russian Pranksters: Maxine Waters Fell for Call from ‘Greta Thunberg’ Offering a Taped Trump Confession

Speaker Pelosi Threatens Possibility of Armed Conflict Against U.S. Department of Justice…

War Again on the Front Burner


Status: Not Logged In; Sign In

Bible Study
See other Bible Study Articles

Title: A.I. Could Bring a Sea Change in How People Experience Religious Faith
Source: Slate
URL Source: https://slate.com/technology/2019/1 ... o-bar-religion-technology.html
Published: Dec 1, 2019
Author: Ruth Graham
Post Date: 2019-12-01 11:40:24 by Willie Green
Keywords: None
Views: 136
Comments: 3

“A Priest, a Rabbi, and a Robot Walk Into a Bar” shows knotty questions about the union of religion and technology.

The Michigan-based company Covenant Eyes markets itself to Christians who want to stop viewing pornography. Its software takes screenshots of a user’s screen activity, uses A.I. to scan it for pornographic imagery, and then sends regular reports to the user and a designated “ally” who has agreed to hold him accountable. The company’s name comes from a Bible verse that reads, “I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman.”

Everyone wants technology to reflect their own worldview, and religious conservatives are no exception. In Andrew Dana Hudson’s short story “A Priest, a Rabbi, and a Robot Walk into a Bar,” a pair of mostly secular tech experts confront the limits of their own “progressive, tech world sensibility”—both morally and in the marketplace.

When the reader meets David, the rabbinical school dropout is being interviewed by an Austin startup to train its customer service chatbots to avoid anti-Semitic language. Those chatbots had been programed to “learn” from humans, but along the way they were picking up subtle conspiracy language from angry, obsessive customers. David’s job is to “sort out the good Jewish-stuff from the bad Jewish-stuff,” as he puts it.

The Vatican now sells a $110 “eRosary” bracelet that encourages Catholics to pray and logs their progress as they do so.

At David’s new gig, he befriends Mark, a onetime future priest who had become a “traitorous Proddy” and landed in the Texas tech scene. They both gravitated toward the secular world but retained an intuitive understanding of religious language and values. It’s an unusual combination of expertise, and like all good entrepreneurs, they soon figure out how they can monetize it, in the form of a business, Decen.cy, that helps companies “groom” their bots to be more well-behaved. They play up their religious background to clients—David displays a yarmulke, Mark a clerical collar. But their performance of piety is challenged when a client asks them to program A.I. to do more than just avoid offense. Frank Teller is the ambitious pastor of a Texas megachurch so successful that many of its members live in “intentional communities” owned by the church. The church uses customer service chatbots to manage basic community requests. But Teller doesn’t like it when a bot recommends “reflection and mindfulness” in response to his granddaughter’s request for prayer. He wants David and Mark to design a custom A.I. that incorporates conservative evangelical language and priorities: “We need A.I.s that share our values.”

Human preferences and values are baked into every tool we create, including A.I. But it’s one thing to acknowledge the stubbornness of bias and another thing to add it on purpose. Decen.cy considers its own team’s values to be mainstream and anodyne. Mark and David are much more comfortable debating whether yoga is culturally appropriative than programming a bot to recommend prayer in response to a mental health crisis. Teller even wants to track his flock’s adherence to ideals like humility and chastity. David fears his company is being hired to create an “A.I.-policed theocracy.” Is it right to take on a client who doesn’t share its progressive values, and who in fact spouts the kind of “low-key anti-Semitism” that David was first hired to squelch?

The problem of A.I.’s ability to buttress or erode religious values is one that religious conservatives are already grappling with on their own. Earlier this year, the Southern Baptist Convention, the country’s largest Protestant denomination, published a statement on artificial intelligence that struck a cautiously optimistic tone. “When AI is employed in accordance with God’s moral will, it is an example of man’s obedience to the divine command to steward creation and to honor Him,” its authors wrote. “A.I. should be designed and used in such ways that treat all human beings as having equal worth and dignity.” The report also says that the technology should not be used for sexual pleasure, to wage war without human oversight, or to “distort truth through the use of generative applications.”

Hudson’s particular vision of the tech-enabled shift in spirituality portended by Teller’s request is chilling. But religiously motivated uses of A.I. and surveillance technology are inevitable—in fact, plenty already exist. One company provides facial recognition technology to churches so they can keep track of member attendance. Smartphones are a fixture in church services, many large churches have their own apps, and millions of people read the Bible on screens instead of in print. The Church of England recently developed an Alexa “skill” that reads prayers, answers questions like “Who is God?,” and helps users locate nearby churches. The Vatican now sells a $110 “eRosary” bracelet that encourages Catholics to pray and logs their progress as they do so.

Some of these innovations are gimmicks, but others suggest sea changes in the way people experience religious faith, both privately and in community. Gamifying prayer with a Fitbit-style Rosary might it easier to stick to habits of devotion, or it might turn intimate spiritual practices into yet another digital chore. What does it mean to pray with Alexa? Will it someday “answer” individual prayers by suggesting certain products and resources? And will voluntary religious communities be tempted to use surveillance technology to hold members accountable—with or without their consent—on attendance, donations, or personal issues like pornography use? Everyone wants “A.I.s that share our values,” as Teller tells Mark and David. The only question is whose values, and to what end.


Poster Comment:

Post Comment   Private Reply   Ignore Thread  


TopPage UpFull ThreadPage DownBottom/Latest

#1. To: Willie Green (#0) (Edited)

Just have Rosa DeLauro, democRat, as your screensaver or wallpaper and you'll never think about sex ever again.

Hank Rearden  posted on  2019-12-01   13:18:26 ET  (1 image) Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Willie Green (#0)

Opiate of the People, State-establishment of; 1 each.

Judas Goat  posted on  2019-12-01   13:58:23 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Hank Rearden (#1)

Alternate text if image doesn't load

Government is in the last resort the employment of armed men, of policemen, gendarmes, soldiers, prison guards, and hangmen.
The essential feature of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisoning.
Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom.

Deckard  posted on  2019-12-02   9:42:27 ET  (1 image) Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


TopPage UpFull ThreadPage DownBottom/Latest

[Home]  [Headlines]  [Latest Articles]  [Latest Comments]  [Post]  [Mail]  [Sign-in]  [Setup]  [Help]  [Register] 

Please report web page problems, questions and comments to webmaster@libertysflame.com