AI: The Answer to Cosmic Loneliness

From the Tapestry Website:

Artificial intelligence is developing at an incredible pace. However, some people say we are neglecting to ask some crucial questions about its impact. Why are we creating it in the first place and what does that tell us about ourselves? Could it be that deep down we are intensely lonely?

Noreen Herzfeld is a professor of theology and computer science at St. John’s University in Minnesota. She says as we move away from a belief in God and religion, we are looking for other sentient beings with whom we can identify. Human beings are hardwired to relate.

Noreen joins guest host Kevin Sylvester for the hour to explore where we sit in the relationship between the machines we create and the one who created us. She was drawn to theology and computer science to find out why we have such a thirst to make something in our own image – and to figure out what we’re losing in the trade off.


Credits:  Hynes, Mary.  “AI:  The Answer to Cosmic Loneliness.Tapestry.  CBC Radio, October 19, 2012.


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