Violent Tech. A Philosophical and Theological Reflection


Joshua K. Smith

Publication date: July, 2023

Pages: 215, colour

ISBN 978-615-6405-84-5                        Paperback, €37.00

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Foreword by Elke Schwarz


   CHAPTER 1. Violence + Technology = Violent Technology

   CHAPTER 2. Of Violent Technology and Texts

   CHAPTER 3. DARPA and Death Machines: A Love Story

   CHAPTER 4. The Gaming of Death and Violence

   CHAPTER 5. Just War and Violent Technologies

   Conclusion: Guns to Gardens


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Joshua K. Smith
Trivent Transhumanism
Book series
Ethics and Robotics
Book series editor(s)
Steven Umbrello
ISBN (hardcover)
ISBN (paperback)
Publication date
July, 2023
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"Violent Tech: A Philosophical and Theological Reflection" by Joshua K. Smith is a thought-provoking exploration of the union between violence and technology. In his book, Smith discusses the ethical dilemmas posed by advancements in technology that enable and amplify violent acts, contemplating their impact on society's moral fabric. From DARPA's role in the development of death machines to the influence of gaming culture on perceptions of violence, the book challenges readers to confront the complex interplay between violence and technology, inviting profound introspection and stimulating dialogue on the moral, philosophical, and theological aspects of one of the modern world's most pressing issues.

JOSHUA K. SMITH, a pastor, and theologian, delves into the intricate interplay between technology, theology, and faith. With a keen interest in exploring the convergence of these realms, he is co-chair in the technology hub of the Kirby Laing Centre for Public Theology. In addition, Joshua has penned two books, namely Robot Theology and Robotic Persons, which shed light on the connections between spirituality and artificial intelligence. His background encompasses robotics, infosec, and information technology which is complemented by his prior service as a member of the US Military.

In a world where we increasingly believe our own publicity about our benevolence, we need prophetic voices which challenge this lie. In a world where we are increasingly dazzled by our own technological capacity, we need compassionate voices which call our attention to the unseen and unheard of our world. In a world where we are increasingly seduced into giving reductive answers to complex questions, we need intelligent voices which can operate with nuance. Joshua Smith is one of these voices, and his intelligent, compassionate and prophetic analysis of the potential and problems of violent technologies deserves a wide readership.

Revd Helen Paynter, PhD, Tutor in Biblical Studies and Coordinator of Theological Education and Director of the Centre for the Study of Bible and Violence, Bristol Baptist College

Prescient, sobering, and clairvoyant . . . this book unpacks the psychological, gendered, and global history and future of violent tech for those of us in a gaming chair, church pew, or design lab. Smith brings together unlikely, but necessary conversation partners—feminist and womanist theologians, ancient and modern philosophers, technologists and scientists—to respond to this urgent ethical concern.

Kate Ott, Jerre and Mary Joy Stead Professor of Christian Ethics, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

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