I particularly liked when Ms. Foerst explained her interest in theology. She said, "I got hooked on theology because I just think this is the most interesting field when you want to learn about human ambiguity and human frailty--the fun stuff to being human." That approach, and the fact that she has shown such sincere interest in robots and AI, is probably what has made people like MIT's Rod Brooks, an AI guru, willing to speak with her and take an interest in her research.
This interview has made me consider taking a look at Foerst's book God in the Machine: What Robots Teach Us About God and Humanity. She appears to have some fresh and interesting arguments about technology and ethics that are worth considering.
Jason Hiner is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He writes about the people, products, and ideas changing how we live and work in the 21st century. He's co-author of the upcoming book, Follow the Geeks (bit.ly/ftgeeks).