Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity

Professor John Lennox weighs up the benefits and potential pitfalls of AI and the implications it has for what it means to be human.

In this episode of Life & Faith Simon Smart talks to Oxford Professor John Lennox about his new book, 2084: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity. Lennox poses some vital questions of the AI enterprise, offering some warnings that the technology is vastly outpacing important ethical considerations.

“I think any form of AI is like a knife. A really good knife can be used for surgery and it can be used for murder.”

Lennox believes that the implications of AI are such that it is vital that philosophers, ethicists, theologians, cultural commentators, novelists, and artists are involved in the debate.

He draws on the ancient biblical text of Genesis in considering what is essential to human nature and what AI could mean for our futures.