AI x Christianity (Brisbane) – Gospel Wisdom for an AI World

When

Saturday 22nd Jun 2024 @ 7:00 pm – 
Saturday 22nd Jun 2024 @ 9:30 pm

Where

Annerley Church of Christ, 459 Annerley Rd, Annerley QLD 4103


Artificial intelligence and the “techno-optimist” mindset are rapidly defining our era.

Every day there’s something new happening with AI development, and it’s becoming more prevalent with every passing minute. In fact, you may already be one of the millions of people who use AI every day for work, learning, creation, and more.

But as AI becomes more prominent in our lives, so do the questions it brings with it:

    • Is AI unbiased?
    • Is it alright for me to use it for work?
    • What happens if AI becomes sentient?
    • Who controls where future technology will take us?
    • And how can I approach these things from a biblical perspective?

AI x Christianity aims to respond to these questions and more, diving headfirst into the heart of the discussion about AI, future technology, and the ethical and theological issues raised.

Across two and a half hours, three speakers and a discussion panel, this ambitious event will cover the biggest questions being asked about AI and where technology is taking us today, and it will address them from a Christian perspective.

So, join us for this exclusively in-person event as we discuss:

    • The future of AI and its disruptive potential
    • The good and bad of AI, and what it means for humans
    • The dangers of the techno-optimist mindset
    • How the Bible can shape our view of an AI world
    • How to approach technology with godly wisdom

Pricing

  • General: $30
  • Student/Concession: $15

Program

7:00 p.m. Talks from Neil Dodgson, Chris Mulherin, and more to be announced. (More details below!)
8:30 p.m. Supper break, light refreshments provided
8:50 p.m. Panel Discussion + Q&A with speakers and guest panelist Nathan Campbell
9:30 p.m. Finish

Talks & Speakers

Living in the Age of Disruptive Technologies: What is AI and Where is it Taking Us?

Prof. Neil Dodgson is a Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Dean of Graduate Research at Victoria University of Wellington. Prior to this, he spent 27 years at the University of Cambridge working across mathematics, engineering, and computing, all of which are crucial in the rise of AI. Neil has been active in the church throughout this time and has spent much time thinking about the ethical dimensions of technology and how it interacts with his Christian faith. Neil has a substantial record of academic publishing. Over the past 5 years, he has been invited to speak many times on AI, Christian faith, and what it means to be human.

AI, Transhumanism, and Techno-optimism: The Good, the Bad, and the Un-theological

Rev. Dr Chris Mulherin is an Anglican minister with a background in engineering, philosophy, and theology. He has published articles and book chapters in the media and in academic works. His book Science and Christianity: Understanding the Conflict Myth, designed for use in schools and churches, is available from ISCAST. When he is not working for ISCAST, he teaches philosophy at the University of Divinity.

TBA

Third guest speaker to be announced!

 

HOST + PANELIST

Nathan Campbell