This episode was inspired by my new book – The Robot Will See You Now – which was published last week. It’s a multi-author volume I have co-edited with the theologian Stephen Williams, where we have gathered an array of theologians, academics and thinkers to explore how upcoming advances in robotics and artificial intelligence will revolutionise society, from healthcare to employment, from art to sex. And, perhaps more critically, how we as Christians should engage with and respond to these developments in cutting-edge technology. Excitingly, we have been able to invite our first guest on to Matters of Life and Death to discuss this – Nathan Mladin. Nathan is a researcher with the religion thinktank Theos and has written a chapter for The Robot Will See You Now. With his help we bat around some of the big ideas from the book and then look in more detail as his specialism – the concerning rise of ‘surveillance capitalism’.
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