Cook School of Intercultural Studies
Artificial Intelligence (AI): What's at Stake
Learn what is at stake in the world of artificial intelligence
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Overview

MIT recently announced that it will be opening up a college for the study of artificial intelligence (AI). Backed by a 1 billion dollar endowment, their goal is to make/create AI that is "good". Economic and political motivations to make AI "good" should prompt us to understand the implications of a world where AI is steadily blurring the line between computer and human. The engineering of artificial intelligence is already changing how younger generations are thinking about human relationships, empathy, and responsibility.

It is within those contexts that this course discusses some facets (not all facets) of AI with a goal to stir up knowledge of AI...not fear of AI. Anthropology’s goal as a discipline is to break silence and stir up understanding. Anthropology’s goal is also to make you uncomfortable with settling in the knowledge that you currently possess. It is within this anthropological directive that this course invites us to create ways to discuss the ways that AI pushes us, prods us, and interrupts our lives. This is the perfect time to begin a conversation about what is at stake in the world of artificial intelligence. Join me as we develop insight together.

This course features the teachings of Dr. David Lowry, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Biola University. You will also engage in reflections throughout the course that will push you to critically consider your views and role regarding this important topic.

Instructor
David Shane Lowry
Cook School of Intercultural Studies

About the Course Author

David Shane Lowry obtained his bachelor of science degree in anthropology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and his doctorate degree in anthropology from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (UNC). His scholarship focuses on race, healing & empathy. His National Science Foundation (NSF) funded graduate research took place between 2009 and 2012 when he spent hundreds of hours with missionaries, healthcare providers, and social justice advocates from the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina.

Lowry is writing two books. One book is an ethnography of Michael Jordan, and the other book is a story of how the Lumbee Tribe became a hub for healing in America. Recently, Lowry has been part of two research groups funded by the National Science Foundation & NC Sea Grant/NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration) to study the environmental aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in North Carolina. You can find him on Instagram and Twitter: @DavidShaneLowry

About the Course Provider

The Cook School of Intercultural Studies exists to equip students to communicate, live and work effectively in culturally diverse contexts, to make disciples of all peoples and impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Syllabus

Course Introduction
Video
Some people might say that the problem with AI...
Overview
Invitations
Reflection
Your Limits on AI
Reflection
Is AI Biblical?
Reflection
Uncomfortable Voices, Part 1
Video
Uncomfortable Voices, Part 2
Video
Uncomfortable Voices, Part 3
Video
Skepticism Towards AI
Reflection
Is AI Language Normal?
Reflection
The central quagmire of AI is the idea that we...
Overview
Comfort with Electronics
Reflection
Electronics and Trust
Reflection
Technology Interrupts Our Lives, Part 1
Video
Technology Interrupts Our Lives, Part 2
Video
Technology Interrupts Our Lives, Part 3
Video
Stopping the Interruptions
Reflection
Making Decisions about AI
Reflection
As much as we might attempt to control the...
Overview
Your Reliance on Technology
Reflection
AI as Intelligence Gathering, Part 1
Video
AI as Intelligence Gathering, Part 2
Video
AI as Intelligence Gathering, Part 3
Video
Private Spaces
Reflection
To approach AI is to listen to an overwhelming...
Overview
Praying AI
Reflection
You and Your AI
Reflection
AI and Racial Bias
Reflection
AI as Hope, Part 1
Video
AI as Hope, Part 2
Video
AI as Hope, Part 3
Video
AI and Justice
Reflection
Creating Justice
Reflection
As we begin to understand AI as a product of...
Overview
AI and Faith
Reflection
AI vs. the Holy Ghost
Reflection
AI and Time
Reflection
Engineering Jesus, Part 1
Video
Engineering Jesus, Part 2
Video
Engineering Jesus, Part 3
Video
AI and Freedom
Reflection
Protecting Yourself
Reflection
Next Steps
Reflection
Course Conclusion
Video
Course Evaluation
Misc
Recommended Resources
Misc

Course FAQ

Each lesson is designed to take approximately 2-4 hours, depending on how deeply you engage the assignments. Since this is a self-paced course, the time it will take you to complete it will depend on the speed with which you want to progress through the course.

No. The course contains everything you need to successfully complete the course. There are resources recommended at the end of the course that you are free to purchase if you wish to pursue further study on the course topic.

Since this course is designed as a completely self-paced experience, you will not have any interaction with the professor during the course.