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My current research is developed within an interdisciplinary team of psychologists, philosophers, theologians, and computer scientists at the ISSR (International Society for Science & Religion). We are working on a project entitled Understanding Spiritual Intelligence: Psychological, Theological, and Computational Approaches, developed within the Diverse Intelligences initiative, funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation. My focus is on a theological understanding of the notion of intelligence, in conversation with AI and evolutionary science.

Previously, my doctoral dissertation in Ethics analyzed the challenges posed by the possibility of human-level AI to the notion of imago Dei in theological anthropology.

 

Selected publications (full list here):

2021 [forthcoming]. “Artificial Intelligence and Christianity,” in The Cambridge Companion to Religion and AI, eds. Beth Singler and Fraser Watts, Cambridge University Press.

2021 [forthcoming]. “Human-Level Artificial Intelligence and the Imago Dei: Toward a Multi-level Relational Interpretation,” Philosophy, Theology and the Sciences.

2021 [forthcoming]. "Why the future might actually need us: A theological critique of the ‘humanity-as-midwife-for-artificial-superintelligence’ proposal," International Journal of Interactive Multimedia and Artificial Intelligence.

2021 [forthcoming]. “Hesychasm,” in The Routledge Handbook of Mount Athos, ed. Graham Speake, Routledge.

2021. “Cognitive Vulnerability, Artificial Intelligence, and the Image of God in Humans.” Journal of Disability & Religion 25(1): 27-40. doi: 10.1080/23312521.2020.1867025.

2021 [in press]. “Strong Artificial Intelligence and Imago Dei: One Problem, Two Solutions.” In Humanism and its Discontents: The Rise of Transhumanism and Posthumanism, ed. Paul Jorion, Palgrave Macmillan, 18-29.

2020. “Will Robots Too Be in the Image of God? Artificial Consciousness and Imago Dei in Westworld.” In Theology and Westworld, eds. Juli Gittinger and Shayna Sheinfeld. Lexington Books, 73-90.

2019. [co-written with Yorick Wilks] “Moral Orthoses: A New Approach to Human and Machine Ethics.” Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science 54(4): 1004-1021. doi: 10.1111/zygo.12560.

 

Teaching

In the academic year 2020-2021, I teach at VU the Research Design and Academic Writing courses, to students enrolled in the Research Master programme at the Faculty of Relgion and Theology.

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