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- Paperback: 80 pages
- Publisher: Christian Publishing House (June 20, 2016)
- Working With: Probe Ministries
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0692744479
- ISBN-13: 978-0692744475
- Product Dimensions: 5" x 8"
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Today’s Technological progress is mankind’s greatest achievement, but may lead to total destruction. Technological progress consumes more than it produces, it pursues its own ends not that of humanity’s and cannot accelerate indefinitely on a planet with finite resources. Jacques Ellul noted “[t]echnique (technology) has its limits. But when it has reached those limits, will anything exist outside them . . . is it (technological acceleration) not succeeding in undermining everything which is outside it?” (Ellul 1964, 85) Once technological limits are reached will anything be left? Transhumanists expect that technological acceleration will culminate by mid-century in an event they call the “Singularity” a technological Omega Point or convergence of human and artificial intelligence that will give rise to a god-like super computer (Artilect) which promises a century of progress in one hour.
Despite apparent immediate gains, technology makes the human plight worse through exhaustion of resources and spiritual slavery. The Singularity will mark the end of technological progress as it reaches completion without redressing the spiritual problem inherent to the human condition. This means that all who step into the Singularity will enter a void, a digital black hole. The solution is as simple as the problem is sublime, step away from the edge of the abyss slowly.
LAWRENCE J. TERLIZZES E (Dr. T) is a Research Associate with Probe Ministries, father of four, holds a Ph.D. in Theological Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary and has published two books and dozens of articles on the theological analysis of technological progress. Dr. T has also taught Systematic Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary and Grand Canyon University, as well as Comparative Religions, Philosophy of Religion and Logic at Texas Woman’s University and Rhetoric at The University of Texas-Dallas.