Posts from Elias Kruger

AI Theology Goes to NY: Sandy e Junior and the Power of Music

by Elias Kruger

October 14, 2019

This blog started with a dare. My father-in-law, a faithful reader of the blog, challenged me to write a post about my recent trip to New York I took with my wife. We were there for one night to watch the one and only US concert of the Brazilian b...


AI Theology Goes to New Mexico: Of Petroglyphs and Atomic Bombs

by Elias Kruger

October 07, 2019

Six years ago, my dad and I set on a cross-country road trip from North Carolina to California. No, this was not a vacation but my way to move our stuff to Pasadena. We rented a Penske truck, towed one of our cars, had the dogs with us and drove a...


Cielo: Learning to Look up to the Sky Again

by Elias Kruger

September 19, 2019

Sitting on a long flight from Atlanta to San Francisco and after exhausting my reading options, I browsed the screen for a movie. This was a 4.5 hours flight and the range of choices was wide. Eventually I settled on a 80 minute documentary Cielo ...


AI Evolution: How Wakanda’s Golden City Inspires Innovation

by Elias Kruger

August 12, 2019

Have you ever imagined a place where technology and nature work in harmony for the flourishing of life? Somebody did. In a blog last year, I explored how the Black Panther represented a Decolonial African futurist vision. Today, inspired on a rece...


AI Theology goes to the Space Center in Huntsville, AL

by Elias Kruger

August 01, 2019

Over a week ago, we celebrated 50 years since humanity first stepped in the moon. To celebrate this monumental achievement of the moon landing and also to spark interest in the sciences in my children, we took a road trip with some friends to Alab...


AI Theology Goes to Brazil Part 4 – Postmodernity and AI

by Elias Kruger

July 12, 2019

In part 3, I described my learning experience with holistic ministry in Brazil after meeting with local pastors in Caratinga. In this blog, closing the series on my Brazil trip, I describe in more detail the last talk I gave in the university. Unl...


AI Theology Goes to Brazil – Part 3: Holistic Mission and Technology

by Elias Kruger

July 05, 2019

In Part 1 and Part 2, I discussed my two first talks in Brazil. In this blog, I will describe my third talk to a group of local pastors. Expecting to give them some new ideas, I left the meeting with new avenues of reflection. Hoping to teach, I e...


AI Theology Goes to Brazil – Part 2: Pure Energy

by Elias Kruger

June 27, 2019

In the previous blog, I described my first talk in Caratinga where I addressed how to transmit our faith to our kids in a technological era. It was a good way to break into the series of talks that followed. The following day, I delivered a talk i...


AI Theology In Brazil – Part 1: A Personal Address

by Elias Kruger

June 17, 2019

How do I encapsulate 2 intense weeks in a short summary? How can I do so by providing enough detail to take the reader with me but also without making this a long drawn-out memoir? Hard task but one worth engaging in. In the previous blog, I gave ...


AI Theology Goes to Brazil: Initial Reflections on my trip

by Elias Kruger

June 04, 2019

The way there was long! It took more than 28 hours in all, one sleepless night on the plane, two connections and hundreds of curves on winding roads until I reached my parents’ home. All the effort was worth it! The sound of the waterfall, the coz...


Will AI Deliver? 4 Factors That Can Derail the AI Revolution

by Elias Kruger

April 19, 2019

2019 is well under way and the attention on Artificial Intelligence persists. An AI revolution is already underway (for a very informative deep dive on this topic check this infographic).  Businesses are investing heavily in the field and staffing...


ERLC Statement on AI: An Annotated Christian Response

by Elias Kruger

April 12, 2019

Yesterday, the ERLC released a statement on AI. This was a laudable step as the Southern Baptist became the first large Christian denomination to address this issue directly. While this is a start, the document fell short in many fronts. From the ...


AI Future: Technology And The Direction of Cosmic History

by Elias Kruger

April 09, 2019

One of the biggest casualties of Western subject-based knowledge is the separation between Science and Humanities. Because of this rift, Science became abstracted from human affairs and Humanities disconnected from the natural world. This did not ...


Is God’s Charity Broad Enough for Bears? Technology and Ecojustice

by Elias Kruger

April 03, 2019

Last week, I had the privilege to see one of my favorite theologians speak in person at Emory University. I was introduced to her in one of my first classes in seminary through her book “She Who is”. In it, Johnson sheds light in the many astonish...


Road Trip: AI Theology Goes to Nashville

by Elias Kruger

March 26, 2019

This week, I take a break from my recent blog series to report on my road trip to Nashville last week. This was a unique experience as I traveled in the middle of the work week to meet new friends and engage in meaningful conversations in the even...


Reframing: Moving Technology from Oppression to Liberation

by Elias Kruger

March 18, 2019

In my last blog, I explored Philip Hefner’s theory of “Created Co-Creators” to set a foundation for a theology of technological hope. In this blog, I want to flesh out more what it means to shape and re-direct the ethos of technology using Moltman...


A Theology of Technological Hope: Created to Create

by Elias Kruger

March 08, 2019

The previous three blogs were setting the stage for what I want to discuss here. I traced the beginnings of Moltmann’s theology of hope, discussed the development of liberation theology and then made the case for why technology is the main driving...


Theology of Hope Re-Imagined – From Politics to Technology

by Elias Kruger

February 28, 2019

In part 1, I introduced Moltmann’s theology of hope and its origins. In part 2, I explored one of its main offshoots, theology of liberation. There, I also posed the question whether the avenue for liberation may be shifting from politics to techn...


Theology of Hope Moves South – Latin American Liberation

by Elias Kruger

February 21, 2019

Moltmann's theology of hope inspired theologians and clergy globally. In this blog, I explore the emergence of liberation theology. The post Theology of Hope Moves South – Latin American Liberation appeared first on AI Theology.


A Theology of Hope in a Technological Age – Introduction

by Elias Kruger

February 12, 2019

This blogs starts a series on re-visiting a theology of hope in a technological age. For full transparency, I write this as my reflection on the topic progresses. I do this on purpose, in the hope that this reflection is not limited to an isolated...


AI Ethics: Evaluating Google’s Social Impact

by Elias Kruger

February 07, 2019

I have noticed a shift in the corporate America recently. Moving away from the unapologetic defense of profit making of the late 20th century, corporations are now asking deeper questions on the purpose of their enterprises. Consider how businesse...


Abraham and the Sacrifice of Isaac: How Travelers Re-visits the Biblical Story Through AI Theology

by Elias Kruger

January 29, 2019

Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. So the two of them walked on together. Isaac said to his father Abraham, “Father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” He said, ...


AI Revelation: From Natural to Artificial Theology

by Elias Kruger

January 23, 2019

  Systematic theology organizes theological ideas into topics. The original intent was to construct a system that could explain the many facets of the Christian faith to its adherents. If Scripture described the experience of God through history, ...


Re-Thinking Worship: Seeing Liturgy as Technology

by Elias Kruger

January 14, 2019

Can the technical and the religious intersect? In this blog I want to explore what happens when we look at liturgy (the order of Christian rituals) as technology. What kind of new insights can this perspective provide? A Personal Struggle For a fe...


AI for Scholarship: How Machine Learning can Transform the Humanities

by Elias Kruger

December 14, 2018

 In a previous blog, I explored how AI will speed up scientific research. In this blog, I will examine the overlooked  potential that AI has to transform the Humanities. This connection may not be clear at first since most of these fields do not i...


Is Transhumanism a Challenge or an Opportunity for the Christian Faith?

by Elias Kruger

October 11, 2018

This week, Ravi Zachariah’s Institute here in Atlanta hosted an event entitled: “Should we fear Artificial Intelligence?” In it, British Mathematician and Christian Apologist John Lennox gave a lecture on the challenge of AI and Transhumanism to t...


What Does Beyonce, AI and Democracy All Have in Common?

by Elias Kruger

September 14, 2018

Answer: they are all mentioned in the Superposition Magazine.  As some of you may not know, besides keeping this blog I am also writing for a newly launched SuperPosition magazine. I am excited to be part of this new endeavor that aims to broaden ...


Intelligence for Leadership: AI in Decision Making

by Elias Kruger

August 22, 2018

  Kings have advisors, presidents have cabinets, CEOs have boards and TV show hosts have writers – every public figure relies on a cadre of trusted advisors for making decisions. Whenever crucial decisions are made, an army of astute specialists h...


Tech Community Centers: The Cure for Automation Anxiety

by Elias Kruger

July 31, 2018

Automation anxiety is real. In a recent Pew survey, 72 percent of Americans worry about the impact of automation on their jobs. Besides, automation is slowly becoming part of our lives: self-service cashiers in grocery stores, smart phone enabled ...


The Future of Service: How Google, Apple and Facebook are Using AI to Simplify Our Lives

by Elias Kruger

June 26, 2018

Companies want to have satisfied customers who will come back for more and recommend their brands to others, and AI can help them to achieve this goal. There are many ways in which people benefit from this, for instance getting a quick reply to th...


Who Will Win the AI Race? Part II: The European Way

by Elias Kruger

May 29, 2018

In a previous blog, I compared the approaches from China and the US as they compete in the global AI race. In short, China proposed a government-led approach while the US is leaning on a business-led approach. The European approach represents an a...


Who Will Win The Global AI Race? Part I: China vs USA

by Elias Kruger

May 22, 2018

While the latest outrageous tweet by Kanye West fills up the news, a major development goes unnoticed: the global AI race for supremacy. Currently, many national governments are drafting plans for boosting AI research and development within their ...


Travelers Theology: Wrestling With an AI God

by Elias Kruger

May 07, 2018

Last year I was browsing through new shows on Netlflix when I stumbled upon Travelers. The premise seemed interesting enough to to make me want to check it out. From the very first episode, I was hooked. Soon after, my wife watched the first episo...


“Do You Trust This Computer?”: A Wake Up Call on Superintelligence

by Elias Kruger

April 24, 2018

It is not everyday that Elon Musk endorses and partially funds a documentary. Needless to say, when that happens, anyone tracking the tech industry takes notice. In “Do you Trust Your Computer?“, Chris Paine brings together experts, journalists an...


Hybrid Intelligence: When Machines and Humans Work Together

by Elias Kruger

April 18, 2018

  In a previous blog, I argued that the best way to look into AI was not from a machine versus human perspective but more from a human PLUS machine paradigm. That is, the goal of AI should not be replacement but augmentation. Artificial Intelligen...


Blockchain and AI: Powerful Combination or Concerning Trend?

by Elias Kruger

April 03, 2018

Bitcoin is all over the news lately. After the meteoric rise of these financial instruments, the financial world is both excited and fearful. Excited to get in the bandwagon while it is on the rise but scarred that this could be another bubble. Ev...


The Machine Learning Paradigm: How AI Can Teach Us About God

by Elias Kruger

March 28, 2018

It is no secret that AI is becoming a growing part of our lives and institutions. There is no shortage of article touting the dangers (and a few times the benefits) of this development. What is less publicized is the very technology that enables t...


4 Reasons Why We Should Teach AI to Kids

by Elias Kruger

March 22, 2018

In a previous blog, I talked about a multi-disciplinary approach to STEM education. In this blog I want to explore how teaching Artificial Intelligence can accomplish those goals while also introducing youngsters to an emerging technology that wil...


Integrated STEM Education: Thoughtful, Experiential and Practical

by Elias Kruger

March 13, 2018

  In a previous blog, I proposed the idea of teaching STEM with a purpose. In this blog, I want to take a step back to evaluate how traditional STEM education fails to prepare students for life and propose an alternative way forward: Integrated ST...


Black Panther: A Postcolonial, African-Futurist Manifesto

by Elias Kruger

March 07, 2018

Black Panther is more than a movie, it is a manifesto of possibilities and a vivid expression of Postcolonial imagination. Much has been said about the importance of having an African super-hero. I want to discuss why Black Panther matters to all ...


Reflections on the 2018 LAMP Symposium on the Future of Life

by Elias Kruger

February 23, 2018

Last Saturday I attended the 2018 LAMP (Leadership and Multi-faith Program) symposium, a collaborative endeavor between Emory University and Georgia Tech. The topic for this year was “Religious and Scientific Perspectives in the Future of Life.” T...


Altered Carbon and The Eternal Soul: Sci-Fi Gets Religion

by Elias Kruger

February 15, 2018

In the hit Netflix show Altered Carbon, the people become immortal by making their consciousness portable. They perpetuate their existence by moving into a new body (or “sleeve”) when the old one is no longer useful. Their consciousness live in a ...


Education with a Purpose: A New Approach To Teach STEM

by Elias Kruger

January 25, 2018

After years of denial, we are finally acknowledging that we have a problem with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education in this country. It is not an issue of access or supply of opportunities but one of perception: most student...


Automated Research: How AI Will Speed Up Scientific Discovery

by Elias Kruger

January 18, 2018

The potential of AI is boundless. Currently, there is a lot of buzz around how it will change industries like transportation, entertainment and healthcare. Less known but even more revolutionary is how AI could change science itself. In a previous...


Shifting Towards Education: A New Direction for 2018

by Elias Kruger

January 09, 2018

  Happy new year, everybody! After a hiatus for the holiday season, I am now back to blogging with a renewed focus. For those of you who follow this blog or know me personally, last year was an encouraging beginning as I posted here my musings on ...


Good News: The World is Getting Better

by Elias Kruger

December 09, 2017

This week I want to discuss how our perception of the world shapes and guides our decisions about the future. In a previous blog, I discussed the power of narrative and how important that is in constructing reality. In this post, I want to challen...


An Evangelical Reformation: Changing How We View Scripture

by Elias Kruger

November 16, 2017

The more I progress on this AI theology journey, the more I realize the need for a re-configuration of our relationship between faith and science. Current status quo does not allow space for a conversation and therefore, forces faith, science and ...


AI Reformation and the Future of Biblical Scholarship

by Elias Kruger

October 18, 2017

In a past blog I talked about how an AI-enabled Internet was bound to bring a new Reformation to the church. In this blog, I want to talk about how AI can revolutionize the academic study of Scriptures. Just like the printing press brought the Bib...


Can AI Usher in a New Reformation?

by Elias Kruger

October 12, 2017

As the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation approaches, I want to offer some thoughts on how emerging technologies like AI will revolutionize the face of Christianity. At first, these two seem mostly disconnected yet this could not be f...


How Will AI Accelerate Cyborgization?

by Elias Kruger

September 28, 2017

In a previous blog, I described how current technology adoption is transforming us into cyborgs. In this blog, I want to show how AI will accelerate and reinforce cyborgization and why this matters. Much has been said about the emergence of AI as ...


A Letter to My Son At His Birth

by Elias Kruger

September 13, 2017

Dear Levi, You arrived on this world in the day of a total solar eclipse. What a momentous occasion for you to be born! It is as if creation was welcoming you with a party. As we heard your first cries, our heart leapt in joy just as it had for ou...


Confronting The March Towards Cyborgization

by Elias Kruger

August 17, 2017

Science fiction cyborgs are scary. They make me wonder if we would ever co-exist with such beings in real life. Well, if you are looking for cyborgs you might as well start looking at the mirror. Our race to adopt the latest technologies is slowly...


Wake Up Call: Helping A Generation Discern Reality

by Elias Kruger

August 10, 2017

While Millennials continue to capture most of the headlines, we are just now starting to understand the next generation. Early reports are worrisome. The Atlantic just published an article about an extensive study on what is now called the Igenera...


Artificial Immortality: Honoring or Replacing our Parents?

by Elias Kruger

August 02, 2017

Is there a way to achieve (artificial) immortality? What would that look like? This month’s Wired featured an article where journalist James Vlahos sought to immortalize his dying father by creating a chatbot that would mimic his dad’s knowledge, ...


Debunking AI Myths: Specialized versus General AI

by Elias Kruger

July 26, 2017

The noise around AI has been deafening lately. From tales of doom, fears of automation to promises of a new humanity, there is no limit for the speculation around this technology. As one tracking the news and articles around this topic, the task h...


Christian Transhumanism: A Bridge Between Theology and AI

by Elias Kruger

June 29, 2017

In the previous blog, I talked about how theology has much to offer to the AI conversation. With that said, one must recognize that the conversation between AI and Theology is rather awkward at the moment. While sharing common points of references...


Is Theology Relevant to Artificial Intelligence?

by Elias Kruger

June 21, 2017

What does Theology have to do with Artificial Intelligence? What does Jerusalem have to do with Silicon Valley? In this blog, I want to address this question head-on to show that theology is not just relevant but much needed in the current debates...


Ultimate Narratives and Why Trump Is Irrelevant

by Elias Kruger

June 14, 2017

I have intentionally steered clear from political topics in this blog. Yet, just like many in this season, I found myself needing to say something given the unique political moment the US is undergoing at this point. For starters, as an immigrant ...


What Would Open AI Look Like?

by Elias Kruger

June 06, 2017

In a previous blog I talked about how big government and big business were racing to get a piece of the AI revolution. In this blog, I want to explore the parallel grass-roots movement of open AI and its possibilities. Open-Source Movement: The De...


How Do We Prepare the Next Generation For An AI Future?

by Elias Kruger

May 30, 2017

In a previous blog, I described the trends that led to the current AI renaissance. In this blog, I want to talk about where AI is going and how we can prepare children and young adults to seize on the opportunities emerging from it.  The Global Ra...


Why Is Artificial Intelligence All Over The News Lately?

by Elias Kruger

May 23, 2017

AI hype has come and gone in the past. Why is back on the spotlight now? I will answer this question by describing the three main trends that are driving the AI revolution. The post Why Is Artificial Intelligence All Over The News Lately? appeare...


How Can Humans Flourish?

by Elias Kruger

May 15, 2017

In previous blogs, I often used the phrase “AI for human flourishing.” In this blog, I want to explore what human flourishing is. What is Human Flourishing? I learned of this concept still in seminary when taking classes on ethics, mission and min...


Are You Ready for Sexbots? How AI is Changing Intimacy

by Elias Kruger

May 10, 2017

Very rarely do the words sex and theology appear in the same blog title. Yet, here we are. Sexbots: The Final Step in Human Machine Relationships In a previous blog I discussed how Intelligent Agents could eventually develop romantic relationships...


Chatbots: How AI is Changing Relationships

by Elias Kruger

May 05, 2017

In my previous blog, I discussed how algorithmic matchmaking was changing how people choose their spouse. In this blog, I want to explore how AI is actually displacing human relationships. While the first example shows some evidence of improving t...


AIgorithmic Matchmaking: How AI is Changing Marriage

by Elias Kruger

May 03, 2017

  In a previous post, I mentioned that AI was changing relationships. In this multi-part blog, I want to delve further on this topic to describe how AI is changing marriages. I will focus on algorithmic matchmaking which is present in dating sites...


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