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Thomas Dunne Books
The Dangers and Divinity of Artificial Intelligence March 04, 2015
Physicist-genius Stephen Hawking is worried we might destroy ourselves. "Full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race," he told the BBC in December. Our guests today fear a similar fate--but they also say that studying thinking, learning machines can be a practice of deep spiritual discernment. To study artificial intelligence is really to study the deepest parts of ourselves.

Anne Foerst, professor of theology and computer science at St. Bonaventure University 
James Barrat, author of Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era

Meet Kismet, one of the embodied robots Dr. Foerst worked with in MIT's A.I. Lab. Kismet was able to interact with humans in a 3-D environment, and expressed emotions like sadness, interest, surprise and happiness.