SCIENCE AND FAITH: SEASON 2 EPISODE 6- God, humans and artificial intelligence

Written by on 17/10/2021

Radio Maria England Science and Faith

Season 2 Episode 6:

God, humans and artificial intelligence

Broadcasts: Monday 11am and 10pm, Wednesday 00.30am, Thursday 8pm and Saturday 5pm

In episode 6 of this series, we looked into the status quo of Artificial Intelligence and outweighed potential dangers and benefits for our society. Alongside our theological advisor Fr Robert Verill, we were investigating many ethical questions regarding Artificial Intelligence from a faith perspective with Ilyas Khan KSG, CEO of Cambridge Quantum Computing, and Matthew Johnson, research scientist at Microsoft. 

Can Artificial Intelligence develop consciousness and what kind of theological questions would that raise? In this context, what does it really mean to be made in God’s image? 

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Ilyas Khan

Ilyas Khan, is the CEO and founder of Cambridge Quantum Computing (“CQC”).

Prior to CQC Ilyas was the founding Chairman of The Stephen Hawking Foundation. He is a Fellow of St Edmund’s College at the University of Cambridge, and also the Leader in Residence at the Judge Business School where he was instrumental in the establishment of the highly regarded Accelerate Cambridge programme of investment in early stage Cambridge based technology sector companies.

Ilyas is a regular and extensive writer and commentator on topics relating to quantum computing. He has a long-standing interest in the foundations of mathematics and category theory. He is a Life Member of the American Mathematical Society.

Matthew Johnson

Matthew Johnson is a research scientist at Microsoft’s research lab in Cambridge, UK, where he is designing and building AI to power Microsoft’s new Mesh platform. He has worked at Microsoft since 2014, and in addition to his current role has been the Head of Engineering for the Machine Intelligence and Perception group and co-designer and administrator for the AI Residency Programme. Matthew was also a founding board member of the Society of Research Software Engineers.

Prior to working at Microsoft he was a research software engineer at Nokia on the Point and Find team, where he contributed to the HERE City Lens product. In 2011 he was hired by Unicorn Media as Vice President of Engineering, a position he held until it was acquired by Brightcove in 2014, where he was a Distinguished Engineer.

Matthew is an active parishioner at OLEM, where he sings in the choir. He has a keen interest in early music and is a board member of De Profundis, an all-male choir which performs continental polyphony at the original low pitch, with which he also sings. He holds a Ph.D. in Machine Learning and Computer Vision from the University of Cambridge.

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