MIT has come a long way since it drove Father Maloney out of town over his failure to rush to judgment and instantly sustain the prevailing media narrative over the BLM conflagration of the week.
MIT’s new and improved Interfaith Chaplain Nina Lytton (she/her/hers) has called the faithful to council, worried about the ethical implications of the day when AI’s gain a soul. Because invoking intersectionality to fight oppression, even of inanimate computer programs that some argue might destroy humanity, confers sacramental power upon congregants of the fastest growing and most influential religion in America, the Church of the Righteous Woke.
“When artificial life gains consciousness and the ability to feel pain, what are our ethical obligations?” This meeting is the first of a series “Decoding Humanity,” exploring the intersections of technology and spirituality. One hopes this series includes indigenous ways of knowledge and feminist data ethics, which similarly empower the righteous mind.
The Beaver can’t wait to see how MIT’s Division of Student Life explores these questions. Because what else do these paid staff social justice activists have to do all day at the world’s leading STEM institution?
Story suggested by Curious Kit