Human Dignity  Support Efforts to Shape Artificial Intelligence and Technology that Emphasize Human Dignity  ERLC Actions  Policy Letter  Technology

A Letter to Support Efforts to Shape Artificial Intelligence and Technology that Emphasize Human Dignity

As our country wrestles with the new frontier of artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies, we’ve quickly seen both the incredible promise as well as the immense challenges that these new technologies pose for our society.

We believe it is essential for lawmakers to proactively assess and develop policy solutions, ranging from work to warfare, for these technologies in a way that affirms the unique, God-given dignity and worth of human beings.

In June of 2023, the SBC overwhelmingly passed a resolution offering guidelines on this topic, becoming the first denomination to make an official statement on the ethics of artificial intelligence. That resolution calls on policymakers to “proactively engage and shape these emerging technologies rather than simply respond to the challenges of AI and other emerging technologies after they have already affected our churches and communities.”

The ERLC will continue to assist lawmakers in understanding these realities and advocate for policies in line with this call of human dignity and the common good.

A letter from ERLC President Brent Leatherwood and copy of the book, “The Digital Public Square” was sent to each member of the United States House of Representatives in the summer of 2023.



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