Science & Tech

The real threat of AI isn’t what you think

By Charles C. Camosy — September 29, 2023
(RNS) — AI has the capacity to undermine our understanding of the human person.
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Artificial intelligence program poised to shake up Catholic education, doctrine

By Claire Giangravé — August 24, 2023
(RNS) — Magisterium AI uses artificial intelligence technology to provide information for users on everything relating to Catholic doctrine, teachings and Canon law.

Navigating the intersection between AI, automation and religion – 3 essential reads

By Meher Bhatia — August 23, 2023
(The Conversation) — The merging of technology and faith is sparking a transformative shift in redefining spirituality and religious practices.

Halal nail polish raises complex discussions among Muslim consumers

By Fiona André — August 11, 2023
(RNS) — The halal cosmetic market is growing rapidly, but many customers remain skeptical.

New AI app lets users ‘text with’ Jesus and other biblical figures

By Fiona André — August 7, 2023
(RNS) — The app replicates an instant messaging platform, allowing users to chat with ChatGPT impersonations of biblical figures, including the apostles, the prophets, Ruth, Job, Lot and more.

Richard Dawkins has abandoned science to justify his transphobia

By Hemant Mehta — August 1, 2023
(RNS) — It’s jarring to see the world’s most famous atheist use his massive platform to downplay or deny trans identities.

A chatbot willing to take on questions of all kinds – from the serious to the comical – is the latest representation of Jesus for the AI age

By Joseph L. Kimmel — August 1, 2023
(The Conversation) — As a chatbot, dressed in a hooded brown-and-white robe, Jesus is available 24/7 to answer any and all questions on his Twitch channel, ‘ask_jesus.’

Meet the Christian creators designing chatbots ‘with a biblical worldview’

By Fiona André — July 20, 2023
(RNS) — Since its launch in November 2022 by the research laboratory OpenAI, the chatbot spurred excitement among Christians, forcing leadership to reckon with this technology and adapting their habits.

East Palestine church hosts chemical exposure study in wake of train disaster

By Kathryn Post — July 20, 2023
EAST PALESTINE, Ohio (RNS) — ‘In the Lord’s prayer, we ask that his will be done on earth as in heaven. So how can we make the situation better?’ asked Erin Haynes, who is leading the study.

Rare Einstein letter rebutting biblical creation story for sale

By Richa Karmarkar — July 19, 2023
(RNS) — The letter, written on April 11, 1950, to a group of Jewish students in America, is valued at $125,000.

400 years ago, philosopher Blaise Pascal was one of the first to grapple with the role of faith in an age of science and reason

By David Hoinski — July 7, 2023
(The Conversation) — Blaise Pascal, a mathematician and a Catholic theologian, born 400 years ago, left a deep and lasting influence on the world that can be felt today.

Can chatbots write inspirational and wise sermons?

By Joanne M. Pierce — July 6, 2023
(The Conversation) — Not quite, writes an expert on Christian worship. Chatbots do not have human experience of love – and, above all, they lack a soul.

USC researchers use AI to help translate Bible into very rare languages

By Fiona André — July 5, 2023
(RNS) — Their goal is to target ‘very low-resource languages that are not even in the top 500.’
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