Technology has produced rapid growth in artificial intelligence in ways that are now part of our everyday life. Some fear it will not only replace human jobs, but is one of the biggest threats to humanity itself. In his blog “The (spiritual) limits to technology” Eric Nelson makes it clear that despite its advances, technology will never replace spiritual sense which opens our thought to deep communion with God. Eric’s blog was first published in Communities Digital News on July 24, 2017
Technology has its limits, not the least of which is its ability to provide any real connection with the ineffable, the transcendent, or the divine.
This is essentially the point I tried to make during a recent dinner conversation. Someone had suggested that human know-how – and, by association, human progress – was on the verge of being superseded by artificial intelligence, and I begged to differ.
It’s not that I have anything against technology. Far from it. It’s just that I have yet to see it come even remotely close to providing the sort of life-transforming wisdom that, at least for me, has only ever come through conscious communion with God.
or example, some years ago when I was working as a video producer, one of my editors called to say that a project he’d been working on for the better part of a week had been completely lost. Apparently the hard drive he was using had gone on the fritz.
The solution seemed pretty straightforward: Deliver the hard drive to any number of tech geeks in town, wait a few days, pay an excessive amount of money, and voila! Problem solved.
Having neither the time nor the money to spare, I decided to pray. I wasn’t asking God, divine Mind, to literally fix the hard drive. Rather, because I’ve come to trust His presence in my life, I was listening for whatever ideas He had to take care of the situation.
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