Reverend Robot: Automation and Clergy

Digital technology, including artificial intelligence, is having a dramatic impact on the professions of medicine, law, journalism, finance, and others. Some suggest that clergy will also be affected. We describe recent progress in designing artificially intelligent systems, suggesting that this is...

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Published in:Zygon
Main Author: Young, William
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [2019]
In:Zygon
Year: 2019, Volume: 54, Issue: 2, Pages: 479-500
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Artificial intelligence / Robot / Minister
Further subjects:B Theology
B Pastoral care
B Technology
B Preaching
B Artificial intelligence
B Clergy
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Summary:Digital technology, including artificial intelligence, is having a dramatic impact on the professions of medicine, law, journalism, finance, and others. Some suggest that clergy will also be affected. We describe recent progress in designing artificially intelligent systems, suggesting that this is possible, perhaps even likely. We investigate ways in which technology currently is affecting ministry and outline some plausible scenarios in which digital systems could supplement or supplant clergy in some areas, specifically preaching and pastoral care. We also raise some theological issues raised by the use of digital systems in ministry.
ISSN:1467-9744
Contains:Enthalten in: Zygon
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1111/zygo.12515