Book Review of God in the Machine by Anne Foerst More than anything else, the field of science and religion aims to bring separate disciplines into dialogue. In God in the Machine, Dr. Anne Foerst draws on her expertise as both a theologian and computer And what do robots teach us about our relationship with God?. God in the Machine: What Robots Teach Us About Humanity and God. Author: Anne Foerst View colleagues of Anne Foerst.

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The strongest section of the book deals with the Golem tradition from Jewish writings of the 13th and 16th centuries.

And, there is nothing wrong with that assumption. I really liked the book and the insights that the author supplied.

GOD IN THE MACHINE: What Robots Teach Us About Humanity and God

This later argument is provocative but difficult to assess, particularly because of the lack of citations in the work; the publisher was clearly hoping to market the book to a wider audience. And what do robots teach us about our relationship with God? Unfortunately, as is often the case with discussions concerning the legacy of Descartes, Foerst sometimes overreaches. As a German theologian transplanted into an unlikely environment, Foerst was received with both hospitality and skepticism by MIT colleagues.

While this book covers interesting theological territory particularly relating to criteria for personhoodit focuses less on what we can learn from robots and AI than I had hoped.

It was actually written by Josef Weizenbaumwho was an AI professor. Books by Anne Foerst. At the divinity school, people were antitechnology and thought her quest to combine theology and artificial intelligence was unnecessary, she said. I think there are scientists who are not. Log In Sign Up. But, the way I see it is that Frankenstein builds this monster or creature, and then leaves the creature alone.


In a way when you look at humans, we are so desperately lonely. Books about people who like the future. Rhe Tucker marked it as to-read Jul 30, From inside the book. We look desperately for animal intelligence by trying to communicate with chimps and dolphins.

God in the Machine : What Robots Teach Us about Humanity and God

So, I felt very much at home there. In the Bible, what defines humans is their capability for relationships, especially with God of course, and then with one another. Return to Book Page. Specifically, she argues that the multi-layered Hebrew term nefes cannot be flatly translated as soul, as traditionally has been the case, because it can refer both to the individual person and the larger community.

Niki rated it it fodrst amazing Aug 04, You do mention in one of your chapters about the sort of conflict that arose when you attempted to bring these two sides together at MIT. Karen rated it it was amazing Jul 08, Daniel Berger rated it it was amazing Feb 23, In God in the MachineDr. They had all of these interesting attacks, in order to kind of handle me.

In a way, when it happened, there was a real war out there, and people tried to get rid of me. Published November 29th by Plume first published December 16th Take, as an example, the issues of bonding and community, macgine are pivotal foeerst used throughout the book.

Dec 31, Don Watkins rated it really liked it. Foerst effectively narrates the delight—and at times, confusion—she feels from her robotic encounters, although some readers will wish for more concrete descriptions of the science and technology involved.

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Refresh and try again. This strong claim is bound to encounter objections, and I will raise two. How does this relate to our motivation for building robots fierst understanding ourselves?


But, the problem with Wnne was that they had so much difficulty trying to get Cog to coordinate its body. That intrigued me because that is the type of understanding of humans that we can find in the Bible.

Daryl McDaniel on Narcissism. So, Cynthia had the same ideas, and came back with the first proto-Kismet. I would have liked some citations for this claim, because I know of no mainstream Biblical scholar who would support it. It was really the first real life attempt to build a humanoid robot, so it was the first time a serious robot team said that it wanted to build a humanoid by basically turning science fiction into reality.

So, you basically have people on both sides yelling at each other. She helps give the push against the pseudo-Gnostic dualism that has pervaded the West since Descartes. Cog was a humanoid robot, at first with one arm, then two arms, a head, torso, gyroscope, eyes, ears, and all that kind of stuff.

The first is more hubristic and arrogant, playing god, trying to equal god, and so on. So, they try to prove the correctness of their assumption. The other is a more modest goal, trying to find out how we work, learning more about who we are, learning more about what makes us human by trying to rebuild us, and seeing the failures and successes, and therefore find some solution for who we are.

Michael Fitzgerald rated it liked it Jul 04, And, at the same time we look for extraterrestrial intelligence. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.