This unit introduces students to the specific issues related to current scientific and technological developments, explores their impact upon different spheres of life and engages with major ethical and theological responses. Students will employ the Four Voices model of Theological Action Research developed by Helen Cameron to address a variety of questions related to Artificial Intelligence, robotics, biotech, space exploration, human enhancement, Big Data, surveillance, life extension and beyond. Students will explore these issues through interdisciplinary theological reflection primarily drawing on the frameworks of consequentialist and virtue ethics.
Describe trends, possibilities and utilisation of developing technologies
Assess different theological and ethical responses to emerging technologies
Develop critical skills for theological reflection
Critically engage with a variety of literature and technologies
Respond theologically to current and emerging technological advances
Prerequisite unit – Introduction to Theology
Engagement with AI and emergent technologies, interdisciplinary workshops, application of pastoral cycle of theological reflection, primarily (though not exclusively) within a consequentialist and virtue ethics framework.
Presentation 1,500 words
Report on Interaction with AI experiences 1,000 words
Essay 2000 words
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2019
Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-13 11:18:15 +1100