In Our Image: Artificial Intelligence and the Human Spirit available in Paperback
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- Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
In Our Image is the first extensive theological engagement with the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Herzfeld probes this new field, which seeks to model human intelligence in computers, for its theological depth. She argues that "At the root of the fascination our current culture has with creating an image of ourselves in an intelligent computer lies a continuing problematic of defining ... what it means to be truly human." She shows how AI continues the classic Christian quest for defining the image of God in humans.
Offering a smart, accessible history and typology of research in AI, Herzfeld shows how its rival schools parallel competing options in the theological anthropologies of Niebuhr, von Rad, and Barth. She probes our interest in AI and argues that a relational anthropology informs the best research and the many depictions of AI in science fiction and film. Herzfeld's exciting work further develops this 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.
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Table of Contents
In Our Image: The Desire for Artificial Intelligence
In Our Image: A Culture's Hopes and Fears
A Spiritual Question: "What Is Human Being?"
Why a Spiritual Approach to AI?
Reason, Regency, or Relationship: Three Approaches to the Image of God
The Image of God as Reason: The Substantive Approach of Reinhold Hiebuhr
The Image of God as Regency: The Functional Interpretation of Gerhard von Rad
The Image of a Triune God: The Relational Interpretation of Karl Barth
One Symbol, Multiple Interpretations
Copy, Tool, or Friend: Three Approaches to Artificial Intelligence
Imago Hominis as Reason: Intelligence as a Quality in Symbolic AI
Imago Hominis as Regency: Intelligence as Function in Weak AI
Imago Hominis as Relationship: The Turing Test and Emergent Systems
HAL or R2-D2? Two Images of Artificial Intelligence in Science Fiction Film
Hal and Colossus: The Computer as Disembodied Reason
Robby, R2-D2, and David: The Robot as Companion or Magical Helper
Relationality in Science Fiction: More than the Turing Test
Why Create an Artifical Intelligence? A Christian Critique
Cybernetic Immortality: A Substantive Concern
Expanded Dominion: A Functional Concern
Alone in the Cosmos: A Relational Concern
The Depth of Our Dreams
Toward a Human-Computer Ethic
A Question for the Future