Technology, Theology, and Spirituality in the Digital Age

Digitalization and the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) will bring about substantial changes in all aspects of life. This happens in a world marked by the poisonous synergy of five Ps, polarization, populism, protectionism, post-truth, patriarchy, as well as an ambiguous interplay of secularization and new visibility of religion. If development of AI is to be beneficial for people and planet a number of challenges must be met. In this regard, religion-and-science dialogue needs improvement in making things not only intellectually but also spiritually fit. Ethics should be involved from the beginning rather than being called upon first when problems arise. Faith communities have a prophetical, diaconal, ethical, and theological role. Based on the characterization of life as a fourfold web of relationality, personal, social, political, as well as global issues are identified and discussed. These include mental health disorders, addiction, manipulation, and self-exploitation. Reflections on leadership suggest resilience, coexistence, and hope as theological key components for navigating the uncharted realms of the digital age.

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Person: Jackelén, Antje [Author]
Format: eArticle
Language(s):English
Publication:[2021]
Part of:Zygon 56(2021), 1, Seite 6-18
Subjects:AI
democracy
five Ps
leadership
patriarchy
polarization
populism
post-truth
protectionism
spirituality
Spiritualität > Theologie > Technologie > Künstliche Intelligenz > Virtuelle Realität
ISSN:1467-9744
DOI:10.1111/zygo.12682