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Mihretu Guta: How the Church Should Respond to the Ethical Dangers of AI

“You can trust AI in this very narrow sense: People who produce your smartphone, for that machine to function in a certain way, they did a good job…But if you want to trust AI from a moral point of view, it gets really complicated.”

“You can’t trust the gadget because the gadget is not an agent…you are trusting what we call ‘corporate persons’…But what does that actually mean? It’s very difficult to really point that out.”

“We shouldn’t trust AI in general…We cannot simply trust technology.”

“I don’t think we should avoid using technology because we cannot consistently avoid using technology.”

Technology in other ways is a reflection of the image of God in us because we are demonstrating our creativity.”

“I don’t think the church has to embrace that kind of application of technology [promoted by transhumanists].”

“If technology is really affecting the [ability of the] body of Christ to be in each other’s presence, then that’s a red flag to me.”

“In the context of education, ChatGPT is completely an education destroyer, in my view. It makes you less motivated to be a reader.”

“Another danger is we can fake sermons, we can fake service, we can fake everything. So there is a real danger in our way. So the best way to deal with this and other dangers is for the church to be a critical engager with the technology.”

“The companies shouldn’t set the tone for how we should use the technology. We should set the tone regarding how we should use the technology. Therefore the church, leaders, they have to train themselves from the vantage point of view of their own mission.”

“When we study the Scriptures, for example, we need to really master basic skills that we need to master on our own first, and then whenever there is a need to engage with technology, absolutely, we have to engage.”

“My worry is this: Moving forward, what skill or set of skills can we…call ours? So that denaturalization scares me a lot. This applies to students, applies to medical people, applies to everyone else.”

“We are moving into that era now. And so everything will be blended, intermingled, and it will be very difficult to tell what’s natural and what’s not natural.”