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Grace Forum Online with Linda Kinstler: Can Silicon Valley Find God?

Wednesday, October 13 @ 6:00 pm 7:00 pm

Artificial intelligence is embedded in our everyday lives: It influences which streets we walk down, which clothes we buy, which articles we read, whom we date and where and how we choose to live. It is ubiquitous, yet it remains obscure. Amid increasing scrutiny of technology’s role in everything from policing to politics, “ethics” has become an industry safe word, but no one seems to agree on what these ethics are. How are the teams working on A.I. determining what kinds of ethics and principles to pursue? What sets humans apart from machines? Is the development of A.I. changing us? Can A.I. teach us anything about what it means to be human? 

Linda Kinstler, a journalist and Ph.D candidate in the Rhetoric Department at U.C. Berkeley, has been reporting on the relationship between the digital and the divine for over a year and has had dozens of conversations with religious leaders, programmers and believers of all faiths about how our devices are indeterminately altering our interior lives. 

Join Dean Malcolm Clemens Young for a conversation with Ms. Kinstler about ethics in technology, the question of what makes us human and the future of mankind.

READ Linda Kinstler’s essay in the New York Times: Can Silicon Valley Find God?  

READ Isaac Asimov’s favorite of his stories, The Last Question 

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Space is limited. The Forum will also be broadcast on Facebook, and posted on our Youtube channel for viewing following the livestream.   

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About the guest 

Linda Kinstler is a freelance writer and Ph.D candidate in the Rhetoric Department at U.C. Berkeley. She was previously a Marshall Scholar in the UK, where she covered British politics for The Atlantic and studied with Forensic Architecture. She’s also a contributing writer at Politico Europe, which she helped launch in Brussels in spring 2015. Before that, she was the managing editor of The New Republic, where she covered the war in Ukraine.  

About the host   

The Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young is the dean of Grace Cathedral. He is the author of The Spiritual Journal of Henry David Thoreau and The Invisible Hand in Wilderness: Economics, Ecology, and God, and is a regular contributor on religion to the Huffington Post and San Francisco Examiner.  

About The Forum  

The Forum is a series of stimulating conversations about faith and ethics in relation to the important issues of our day. We invite inspiring and illustrious people to sit down for a real conversation with the Forum’s host, Malcolm Clemens Young, the dean of Grace Cathedral, and with you. Our guests range from artists, inventors and philosophers to pop culturists and elected officials, but the point of The Forum is singular: civil, sophisticated discourse that engages minds and hearts to think in new ways about the world.  More about Grace Forum Online