Recent progress in artificial intelligence (AI) opens up the possibility that one day machines could do anything that a human being can do, raising thus serious questions regarding human distinctiveness. For theological anthropology, the prospect of human-level AI brings a fresh opportunity to clarify the definition of the image of God. Comparing human and artificial intelligence leads to replacing the Aristotelian-like interpretation of the image of God as rationality with a relational model. Instead of regarding our cognitive biases as vulnerabilities, they should be seen as instrumental in bringing about our unique type of intelligence, one marked by relationality.
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- cognitive biases
- human distinctiveness
- Human-level artificial intelligence
- imago Dei