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Fall Meeting 2017

November 3-4, 2017

Theology, Transhumanism, and Artificial Intelligence

Classroom B at Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP), Berkeley, California


Friday, Nov 3
1:30-2pm - Arrival and Registration
2-5 pm - Paper Session
5-7 pm - Business Meeting, Social Time, Dinner
7-8:30 pm - Public Lecture, Mark Graves (Notre Dame)
"Building Artificial Intelligence Systems in Theology and Science"
Note: The public lecture is held in the Tucson Room.

Saturday, Nov 4
9–9:30 am - Continental Breakfast
9:30 am-noon - Paper Session


The papers for the Fall 2017 meeting examine the relationship between theology and the emerging technologies of transhumanism and artificial intelligence, especially how these technologies influence human self-understanding in a theological context.

Paper Session - Friday, Nov 3, 2-5 pm

Brian Green (SCU)

"Some Ethical and Theological Reflections on Artificial Intelligence" (pdf)
Respondent is Andrew Porter (CTNS)

Levi Checketts (JST)

"Zarathustra, Transhumanism, and the Homo Gubernator" (pdf, docx)
Respondent is Peter Hess (GTU)

Public Lecture - Friday, 7-8:30 pm

Public Lecture, Mark Graves (Notre Dame)

Held in the Tucson Room.
Mark Graves discusses his experience in building Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems and how he has interweaved AI and science with his theological development.

Paper Session - Saturday, Nov 4, 9:30 am-noon

Arvin Gouw (UC Berkeley)

"Knowledge and Purpose in AI: From Thomistic Passions to Chalmers’ Qualia" (pdf)
Respondent is Lanny Vincent (SCU)

Braden Molhoek (GTU)

"Second Class Citizens? Questions of Purpose and Membership for AI and Transhumanism" (pdf)
Respondent is Ted Peters (GTU)

You may register at the meeting or online via the PCTS registration page. To renew full yearly membership for 2017-18 and register for the Fall 2017 meeting simultaneously via Pay Pal, you may:
Student members and nonmember attendees, please use the PCTS registration page.