History repeats itself. Like Esau trading his inheritance for a bowl of beans, there are those who are ready to throw away their heritage as a member of the divine family for the promise of cyber-godhood.
TECH VISIONARIES have announced a new non-profit artificial intelligence startup. The goal, apparently, is to make sure the first AI is “good”. This is an interesting development, considering that one of the founders has called building an AI “summoning the demon.”
THE DEHUMANIZATION of Planet Earth continues as we make way for Humanity 2.0. In the news this week: Treating depression with emojis, robots designed with free will, and robots for search and rescue (funded by the Defense Department)–or to replace a spouse who might one day take all your stuff in a divorce.
Today we discuss immortality through technology and several stories related to Russia: Putin’s goals in the Middle East, a possible deal with Israel to develop the Leviathan natural gas field, and Russian code infects Pentagon servers with viruses.
THE TELEVISION series Dig is a well-written and stylish archaeological thriller. We discuss elements of the show and the tendency of people — selves included — to incorporate fiction into our theology.