As someone who has sought the inclusion of all people into these conversations I often am exposed to folks who seem to have an axe to grind with organized religion, particularly Christianity.
Humanity is wrestling with these issues through artistic mediums because of the cultural debate about what our enhanced future will look like among a group of people who self-identify as transhumanists.
Stephen Hawking may be an extraordinary theoretical physicist and cosmologist, but he is a misguided futurist.
Christians should be concerned by the recent international March for Science that happened this past April.
With the massive success of mobile game Pokémon GO there is no question that augmented reality is here to stay. Newzoo recently reported that, months after its launch, over 700,000 people a day are still downloading the game.
But when we lose compassion for other human beings, when we stop being intentional about going after the lost, we are sacrificing individual and collective pieces of our humanity and we are exchanging them for evil.
Christianity is desperately in need of an updated technological hermeneutic. Proof of this assertion arises in the fact that a lot of the anti-religion tech crowd believes that emerging technology will be the end of Christianity.
Most Christians I know believe in extraterrestrial aliens. The accounts of such beings in our sacred texts are frequent and have been recorded my numerous sources. What most people fail to consider is how aliens will play a role in our coming eschatological future.
Following the recent historic International Summit on Human Gene Editing, held in Washington DC, it has become clear that humanity is on the verge of experiencing a radical technological transformation that will challenge our preconceptions as to what it means to be human.
It is often articulated in society that Christianity and science/technology are at odds. While most people of faith do not hold this belief, it is imperative that the church universal continue to dispute this negative stereotype.
In the next 20 years intelligent machines will eliminate a large percentage of human jobs.
There is a great debate happening around the world regarding the future of Artificial Intelligence. Some people believe that AI will bring forth the end of humanity. Others fear that robots simply won't have humanity's best interest in mind.
As technology continues to increasingly develop it exposes human intention while eliminating our privacy. The result of this accelerating trend is that the confidentiality that we currently maintain as persons will continue to erode. As such, we should begin to prepare ourselves for the biggest reveal of all: The day when technology exposes the thoughts of our mind.
The intentional introduction of inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic posts with the deliberate intent of disrupting regular on-topic group discussion — commonly known as Internet trolling — has become a favorite pastime of many Christians in the world today.
Twenty-five years ago most people didn't imagine that the Internet would reshape the way that they existed on a day-to-day basis.
Recently, at each of our church's worship services, I asked the members of the congregation I serve to indicate, by a show of hands, how many of them believe that they will not die. Not a single person answered in the affirmative.
I am advocate for transhumanism, rightly defined. I am certainly not a technophobe who perceives all technology to be bad. In my opinion, human technology - like all matter - is a tool that can be used for good or evil.
Much of the distress about transhumanism by Christians in the past surrounds its proponent's vocal Atheistic attempts to define the prefix "trans" in ways that advocate individual enhancement through technological means to become "post" human.
It is a popular claim by Atheists that eventually science will somehow eliminate the need for religion. Many even argue that, in our present age of exponentially advancing technology, we are already beginning to see the numerical decline of religious persons in the United States.
This growing trend, I believe, reflects a larger technological and ethical shift towards personal, individual advancement and elitism that is intentionally disregarding the historic Christian concept of the advancement of all of humanity.
There are many people in the world today who like to contend that science and technology are distinctly at odds with religious practice and theological inquiry.
Sexbots will not be the cure for many of society's ills that some predict. But intelligent, sentient robots could, some day, help us become more Christ-like.