Technology is not neutral. Even equations and computer algorithms, which may initially appear cold and neutral, reflect the values and assumptions of the people and organizations that construct them.
While smart and connected devices provide convenience and other benefits, they come with a variety of security and privacy concerns.
The path to sex robots may seem far-fetched, but it will begin with simple things that gradually normalize the notion of social robots in other areas of our lives. The goal of robotics should not be to mimic humans or to create human substitutes but to automate useful tasks that promote human and environmental flourishing.
St. Irenaeus once suggested that “the glory of God is the human person fully alive.” Christ’s incarnation gives us a picture of the perfect image of God. The way we become what we were meant to be is not primarily through technology, but through the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit, who makes us more like Christ.
As technology continues to advance, the possibility of autonomous lethal robots is a real one. The efforts to make robots more ethical are commendable, but this research comes with many thorny questions.
The story of the healing of the blind man at Bethsaida in Mark 8 is a fascinating and somewhat puzzling story recounting one of Jesus' many miracles.