Along with my son Tim Wyatt, a religious and social affairs journalist, I run a podcast called Matters of Life and Death. Each episode is a conversation between the two of us discussing how Christians can engage with a particular issue around healthcare, ethics, technology, science or faith. You can subscribe to the podcast on all podcast apps, including Spotify and Apple Podcasts, or you can listen to our latest episodes below.

Simulation: Deep fakes, image as sacrament, David Beckham in Mandarin and therapy chatbots Matters of Life and Death

Today’s topic is simulation. We live in an era when digital technology is making it increasingly easy and cheap to create fake but compelling images or videos of people, or even entirely artificial human-like personalities. Machine learning tools and progress in artificial intelligence software means we are closer than ever to things previously only imaginable in science fiction: computer programs which can speak to us like a human or androids which are indistinguishable from real people. In this episode we discuss examples of this kind of tech already in the world, what impact it may have in the future, and how we as Christians should think about these forms of simulated images, relationships and personalities. Tom Cruise deep fakes on TikTokSynthesia – the company offering deep fake videos as corporate communicationsMyHeritage Deep Nostalgia – a family history DNA company will now use AI to animate your old photos of dead relatives, 'bringing them back to life'Affectiva – who claim to use AI to analyse human emotional states from looking at their facesSimulation and Simulacra – the seminal work by Jean BaudrillardThe Truman Show filmThe Matrix film See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
  1. Simulation: Deep fakes, image as sacrament, David Beckham in Mandarin and therapy chatbots
  2. Digital church: Worship on Zoom, pandemic revival, time-shifting and Gnosticism
  3. Social media and free speech: Fake news, Facebook's 'Supreme Court', the Capitol riot and YouTube algorithms
  4. Coronavirus: Misinformation
  5. Coronavirus: Vaccines – part 3

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