Christian Leaders Plan to Release ‘Statement of Principles on Artificial Intelligence’

Southern Baptist and other evangelical leaders will issue a statement April 11 on the rising area of technology known as artificial intelligence or AI.

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission will host an event in Washington, D.C., at which the “Evangelical Statement of Principles on Artificial Intelligence” will be released. The document is intended to provide the church with an ethical foundation for how to think about artificial intelligence, according to an April 5 ERCL news release.

AI is defined by ERLC creative director Jason Thacker as “non-biological intelligence, where a machine is programmed to accomplish complex goals.” A.I. systems already are being used in such fields as business, finance and medicine, Thacker said in an April 3 post at the ERLC’s website. In the next 20 to 50 years, A.I. likely will revolutionize society, he said.

The emergence of AI has raised questions about its potential impact on human dignity.

“[N]o issues keep me awake at night like those surrounding technology and artificial intelligence,” ERLC President Russell Moore said in the news release. “The implications artificial intelligence will have for our future are vast.

“It is critical that the church be proactive in understanding AI,” Moore said. “It’s also critical that the church insist AI be used in ways consistent with the truth that all people possess dignity and worth, created as they are in the image of God.”

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Source: Baptist Press