Justin and Ruth were joined by research scientist Dr John Wyatt on a live show to talk about AI, robotics and technology. Listeners asked questions about machine consciousness, the potential dangers of AI and how to raise children in a tech world.
Justin also reveals that a recent article on AI featured on the Premier Unbelievable website was in fact generated by ChatGPT - the new AI platform that is sweeping the world. Ruth, John and Justin talk through the implications of this fast-evolving technology.
For John Wyatt: https://johnwyatt.com/
For the AI article referenced on the show: https://www.premierunbelievable.com/articles/should-christians-be-concerned-about-the-rapid-advancements-in-artificial-intelligence/14631.article
Resources recommended by Dr John Wyatt for engaging further with the topics of artificial intelligence and technology:
Screen Sanity website provides a very helpful range of articles and training resources to support parents in every aspect of digital parenting, from pre-school age to adolescents. Highly recommended.
Center for Humane Technology. This very important and strategic US centre, directed by Tristran Harris, has a website which provides a range of valuable resources for parents and teachers. They have an excellent Youth Toolkit with videos, questions and activities for single or group work.
Care for the Family. The UK based website provides a course and resource pack for parents on the use of digital technologies.
Techhuman website. A Christian-based website aimed at promoting human flourishing in a digitally dominated world.
John Wyatt’s personal website has a range of articles and talks on artificial intelligence and technology as well as other areas such as medical ethics and Christian living in today’s confusing world.
The Robot Will See You Now: Artificial intelligence and the Christian faith, eds John Wyatt and Stephen Williams, SPCK. A multi-author book addressing a range of AI issues from the perspective of the Christian faith, including science fiction, employment, healthcare, sex robots and surveillance capitalism.
The Tech-Wise Family, Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place, Andy Crouch, Baker. Practical and helpful wisdom for parents and families.
My Tech-Wise Life: Growing Up and Making Choices in a World of Devices, Amy Crouch, Baker. Written by 19 year old Amy, daughter of Andy Crouch, and intended for teen-age readers.
Irresistible: the rise of addictive technology and the business of keeping us hooked. Adam Alter, Penguin. A very useful and accessible explanation of how digital technologies have been explicitly designed to be addictive and what steps can be taken to mitigate the bad consequences.
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power. Shoshana Zuboff, Profile Books. An extraordinarily important and informative book which explains in compelling detail how surveillance capitalism grew to be the world dominating force it currently is.
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