(IP)-The usage and the effect of artificial intelligence on social life were investigated with the presence of experts in a one-day meeting in London.

Iran PressEurope: Islamic scholars, computer and electronics engineers, clerics, theologians, and political experts explained the artificial intelligence issue.     

Held at the Abrar think tank in London, experts discussed topics such as the effect of artificial intelligence on humanity, the concern of replacing artificial intelligence with humans, the benefits, disadvantages, and dangers of artificial intelligence for human society, the way of interacting with artificial intelligence by religious people, ethics, freedom, and spirituality in the era of new technologies.

Eve Poole, CEO of the Carnegie Foundation for Scottish Universities, Nadim Nassar (Awareness Foundation), and Ali Pooya talked about the future of artificial intelligence in the meeting.     

Tim Bull, priest and director of the Diocese of St Albans, pointed to the three major developments of modern technology, saying by the use of a pattern of binary digits the computer processor instructions were launched, but often the binary system uses zero and one.

The binary mechanism assigns a pattern of binary digits (bits) to each letter and instruction, and the computer handles the tasks involved.

The text, in the second stage, was given to the computer which could store, search, and categorize the texts according to human needs, and in the third stage, multimedia was introduced to the market.

During the second stage of the evolution of modern technology, humans learned a lot from computers, and now in the third stage, with the help of artificial intelligence, the computer is learning from itself, according to Bull.

Bull added that artificial intelligence has raised numerous questions, for example, an organization called 'Common Crawl' can gather all the texts of a religion with artificial intelligence and make it available to the followers of that religion, according to the variety of interpretations of religious texts, is it right?

He concluded that artificial intelligence can never achieve the God-given characteristics of humans, such as creativity, the ability to worship, sympathy, and learning, because artificial intelligence only relies on facts that can be measured, in other words, the approach of artificial intelligence is scientific and not scientific, and comparing it with human intelligence is like comparing artificial flowers with real flowers.

Later in the meeting, Frantisek Stech, a professor at the Presbyterian Theology Faculty at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, spoke about the importance of artificial intelligence via video conference.

Stech emphasized that artificial intelligence has imitated humans so far, but now humans have started imitating artificial intelligence and computers, which has become a challenge for religious people, even Christians.

He added that artificial intelligence is not a threat to Christians but an opportunity that should be used carefully because it has obscured the future of mankind; it causes us fear and concern.

Although artificial intelligence can cause a danger to democratic elections, but since it adds to human awareness and insight, it is also promising, but its future is in the hands of the engineers who program it.

Amina Inloes, an American professor at the Islamic College of London and a Shiite scholar, emphasized the need for the followers of divine religions to welcome artificial intelligence and precautions in the use of artificial intelligence.

He added that according to the teachings of the holy Quran, everything in the world is glorified by God and artificial intelligence cannot act outside of God's will, stating that the current concerns about artificial intelligence are due to unfamiliarity with its dimensions.

This technology will not be an obstacle to the advancement and spirituality of humans, according to Inloes.

Marius Dorobantu, a researcher at the Faculty of Religion and Theology of the Vrije University in Amsterdam, Netherlands, spoke about artificial intelligence, its advantages and disadvantages, the importance of religion in artificial intelligence, and the differences between humans and artificial intelligence.

He added that whether artificial intelligence can make computers completely intelligent or fails in this way, it will not pose any danger to religious people.

Laith Kubba, the director of the Quran Education Foundation also said that human has the power to create, and ChatGPT is also a human-made tool and there is no need to worry.

He added that although artificial intelligence, like nuclear energy and biological penetration, may pose threats, regulations should be imposed on it as well.

The Islamic scholar added that from the Islamic point of view, there is a purpose in every creation, artificial intelligence can also be useful for purposes such as understanding the Holy Quran, better identification of religion, and having a positive effect on the path of human's prayer and achieving excellence.


Read More:

Qualcomm embraces generative AI for use in mobile devices

New AI generates impressive typography