from a Soulless Machine: A Journey of Faith through Artificial Intelligence takes
the reader along as these two laypersons explore how A.I. interprets God’s
message and the basic tenets of Christianity.
The co-authors prompted ChatGPT to develop a devotional of 500 words or
less along with a related prayer on more than a hundred biblical verses,
including some of the most-recognized verses as well as some of the most
obscure or vile passages never covered in Sunday school lessons.
In the end the exercise provided the authors with some reassurances about how artificial intelligence can support religious growth as well as raising questions about the technology’s long-term implications for the religious experience. Devotionals from a Soulless Machine: A Journey of Faith through Artificial Intelligence provides an eye-opening look into the majesty of Christian convictions, even in the age of algorithms and chatbots.
Preston Lewis and Harriet Kocher Lewis prompted ChatGPT to develop jokes on
themes like knock-knock, yo mama, three fellows enter a bar and the reason the
chicken crossed the road. Then they
moved on to more contemporary issues like politics, politicians and gender
identify, challenging ChatGPT to find humor in modern culture. Finally, the authors seek from ChatGPT
observations on contemporary culture in the style of several American humorists
and more recent comedians.
process, the authors not only touched on the history of classic comedic memes
but also discover biases in the resulting AI output. Are the jokes sensitive? Absolutely!
Are they politically correct?
Without a doubt! Are the jokes
funny? The reader will decide.
Harriet Kocher Lewis is a retired physical therapist and academician at Angelo State University, where she co-authored or edited numerous scientific articles or professional presentations. Her other writings include several published meditations for her church. As a member of an American Physical Therapy Association work group, she helped write the advanced level clinical education curriculum for therapists nationally. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology/PT at Baylor University as well as a PT certificate from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Lewis also has a master’s degree from Texas Tech University in health, physical education and recreation with an industrial engineering minor. She is the wife of Preston Lewis, the mother of two and the grandmother of five.