Derek C. Schuurman (PhD, McMaster University) is a professor of Computer Science at Calvin College where he currently holds the William Spoelhof Chair. Shaping a Digital World: Faith, Culture and Computer Technology (InterVarsity Press, 2013) is his most recent book. He describes for us on the ASA and CSCA web sites, the latest developments and challenges in artificial intelligence. That focus calls for our attention to the promise and threat, at hand and in the near future, for issues such as job enhancement and displacement, building in guidance for systems that will then act autonomously, and what it is to be a person.
Schuurman’s essay is intended as an invitation. Readers are encouraged to take up one of the insights or questions, or maybe a related one that was not mentioned, and draft an article (typically about 5,000-8,000 words) that contributes to the conversation. These can be sent to Dr. Schuurman at firstname.lastname@example.org. He will send the best essays on to peer review and then we will select from those for publication in an Artificial Intelligence theme issue of Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith.
The lead editorial in the December 2013 issue of PSCF outlines what the journal looks for in article contributions.
For best consideration for inclusion in the theme issue, manuscripts should be received electronically before 31 August 2018.
Looking forward to your contributions,
James C. Peterson, editor-in- chief
Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith
[This essay and two others were published in the June 2019 issue of PSCF.]