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Artificial Intelligence (AI): Opportunity and Challenge for the Church

Written by Peter Johnston on .

Republished from Church of Scotland's website:

Thursday 17 November, 2022
07:30 pm - 08:45 pm

Join Dr Murdo Macdonald, Society, Religion and Technology (SRT) Policy Officer, Very Rev Dr Martin Fair and Rev Peter Johnston for this online evening event to understand what AI is and explore how we as Christians can respond.

About this event

Internet-based new technologies are rapidly changing the way we live and became a remarkable lifeline to people socially isolated during the Covid-19 pandemic. Machines with artificial intelligence (AI), at the heart of search engines, voice assistants and speech and face recognition on mobile phones, are powering much of this revolution. AI is used in business and government administration, including the assessment of social security, employment and loan applications. AI algorithms also underpin some impressive innovations in healthcare, assisting doctors to diagnose illness, discover new drugs, read medical images and use robots in surgical operations.

The Church has many reasons to celebrate and embrace these technologies, but some difficult questions arise about the implementation of the digital revolution.

At this online event we will hear from the Very Rev Dr Martin Fair and Faith Impact Forum Vice Convener, Rev Peter Johnston about importance of AI and how it affects our daily lives.

We will introduce our new congregational resources available to help us understand these issues and explore how we as Christians can respond. There will be opportunity for discussion and a Q & A session with Martin and Peter.

You can read the Faith Impact Forum Artificial Intelligence Report and download our resources at SRT topics: technology.

This event is free and will take place on Zoom. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register in advance.

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