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New technologies and scientific discoveries are expressions of the Creation mandate in Genesis 1, but they also have the potential to corrupt and destroy. How, then, can science and technology serve true human flourishing?

Featured: Artificially Intelligent?

Grappling with the myths, present realities and future trajectories of AI

This booklet dispels some of the sensationalism around Artificial Intelligence, asking instead how a fresh understanding of humanity can shape the trajectory of AI development. It draws on research interviews from ten leading AI practitioners and thinkers, and provides a distinctly biblical framework for understanding AI.

Cambridge Papers

Surveillance Capitalism: the hidden costs of the digital revolution

  June 2021 By Jonathan Ebsworth, Samuel Johns, and Mike Dodson     We are in the midst of a digitally-enabled industrial revolution. As ...

Artificial intelligence and simulated relationships

Summary Interactions with apparently human-like and ‘emotionally intelligent’ AIs are likely to become commonplace within the next ten ...

Healing, enhancement and the human future

This is a crucial moment in the history of science: a new technology offers the potential to rewrite the script of human life. Carrie ...

Videos

The Covid-19 pandemic has ushered in an acceleration in the adoption of technology. From basic services - such as online grocery shopping, Amazon deliveries, Zoom conferencing, FaceTime and Deliveroo - to the rapid rise of personalised digital services - including online GP appointments, Covid test QR codes, and even vaccination passports - we are witnessing the rapid digitisation of life, changing public consciousness, and acceptance of new technologies in the last two years. Where is this breakneck innovation leading us?

In this session we shed light on three specific areas of interest in this new world: health and data, Surveillance Capitalism, and avenues for practical action. These avenues look at institutional reform, as well as changing our habits to develop a ‘rule of life’ that ensures we are the masters of our technology, not the other way round.

You can find other videos from the 2021 Seeds of Change conference here.

Seeds of Change 2021 Day 4: Mastered by Technology?

The Covid-19 pandemic has ushered in an acceleration in the adoption of technology. From basic services - such as online grocery shopping, Amazon deliveries, Zoom conferencing, ...

We are in the midst of a digitally-enabled industrial revolution. As with all previous revolutions, this one is attended by by both benefits and perils.

This online live presentation of our latest Cambridge Paper, "Surveillance Capitalism: the hidden costs of the digital revolution" describes and examines the business model called "Surveillance Capitalism" and demonstrates its intrinsic dependence on deception, addiction and exploitation. 

The authors of the report - Jonathan Ebsworth, Samuel Johns and Mike Dodson - also suggest practical responses that individuals and communities can take to face these challenges with hope and assurance. 

To read the original paper click here.

Cambridge Papers Live: Surveillance Capitalism

We are in the midst of a digitally-enabled industrial revolution. As with all previous revolutions, this one is attended by by both benefits and perils. This online live ...

Nanotechnology, cryonics, gene-editing, mind uploading. Such technologies—both real and imagined—offer a rising hope that humans might ‘defeat’ death. Can followers of Jesus, who already believe in life after death, find common ground with technological optimists? How can these contemporary trends challenge and sharpen an understanding of resurrection? And what hope might Christian theology offer in return?

Speakers: Dr Rodica Mocan (Associate Professor of Cinematography and Media, Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca) and Fr. Dragos Herescu (Principal of the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, Cambridge).

Resurrecting the Body: a technological Easter?

Nanotechnology, cryonics, gene-editing, mind uploading. Such technologies—both real and imagined—offer a rising hope that humans might ‘defeat’ death. Can followers of Jesus, who ...

Podcasts

Free-will is fundamental to our sense of wellbeing, and underwrites our sense of morality, our judicial system and the Judeo-Christian faith.

However, science has provided evidence that free-will may be an illusion. Whilst we may not be as free as we like to think, we can still make decisions that determine our character, relationships and future. 

This talk is based on Harvey McMahon's Cambridge Paper, available here.

Podcasts
How free is our free will? Reflections from a neuroscientist

Free-will is fundamental to our sense of wellbeing, and underwrites our sense of morality, our judicial system and the Judeo-Christian faith. However, science has provided ...

In this talk given at the Social Reformers Summer School 2018, Jonathan Tame explores how Jesus came to fulfil the law, and the implications for our commission to be salt and light to the world.

Podcasts
Being Salt and Light: Reflections on Matthew 5 v.1-20

In this talk given at the Social Reformers Summer School 2018, Jonathan Tame explores how Jesus came to fulfil the law, and the implications for our commission to be salt and ...

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How do we encourage politics for the common good?

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Making room for artists to challenge the way we see God and the world.

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How can we rethink welfare as more than just a political issue?

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Today’s environmental issues are theological and relational at heart.

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Building relational economies for financial stability, economic justice and social cohesion.

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How can relational churches thrive with a mission to transform their communities?