If you watched Jeopardy! champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter take on Watson, a powerful IBM computer, you saw the progress computers are making in terms of processing “thoughts.” (Wrote Ken Jennings as he conceded defeat, “I for one welcome our new computer overlords.”)
Are there religious implications? David Bailey takes a look at the various issues in his most recent post on his blog, Science Meets Religion. These aren’t the random musings of just anybody. David is the “Chief Technologist” of the High-Performance Computational Research Department at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in Berkeley, California. He and his wife have four daughters and live in the San Francisco Bay area.
David wrote, “…it is curious to note that at the pinnacle of modern science and technology, mankind has identified the extension of life and, even more boldly, the conquering of death as top future priorities, goals which are also the pinnacles of Judeo-Christian religion.”
Read David’s post, Can Computers Think?