Smart devices like Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa and the Google Assistant for Google Home have limited knowledge when it comes to Jesus Christ, and it raises concerns for Christians who use the device regularly for their devotionals.
One in five Americans have slowly adapted to using smart speakers in their household, according to reports. Designed as virtual assistants with artificial intelligence, these gadgets perform several functions that make digital living convenient — such as managing a user's daily schedule or Uber booking, or controlling room functions like the lights or heating system, or dishing weather reports and recipes, or searching for a myriad of topics online.
But while the gadgets raise privacy issues for many users, Christians are apparently also worried about how these devices churn out answers relating to God. For instance, KeepTheFaith Radio Networks CEO David Sams pointed out that he once tried to ask his Google Home about Jesus Christ, but the smart gadget could not provide any information.
"It's kinda scary, it's almost like Google has taken Jesus and God out of smart audio," the media executive said.
Google was also recently accused of censoring Jesus Christ after viral videos of users showed that the gadgets can actually expertly answer questions about Allah, Krishna, Satan, Buddha and Mohammed. Google, however, responded that their AI takes information from the web, where contents are "vulnerable to vandalism and spam" that the Google Assistant could detect. The company told Fox News it is looking for alternatives and solutions to this features.
Curiously, however, Christian evangelicals are some of the early adopters of technology, and a lot of Christians use gadgets for their daily devotionals or mass readings and other information on religion, hence they are not anti-modern, according to historian and culture writer Daniel Silliman. There are countless of Bible apps on the Internet and Amazon's Alexa is actually adept at the works of Christian authors.
"Fears about the technology might go viral, especially if they're designed to go viral," Silliman said. "But the more lasting effect might be the way this technology is adopted and adapted by creative, mission-driven people," he added.