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Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly

Episode #1833

Creating Artificial Intelligence - Will human beings become able to make robots that are smarter than we are? Could they become able to make moral decisions, choose right from wrong? If so, whose morality, and by whom controlled? Lucky Severson reports - and engineers wonder - could androids we are creating evolve into our masters?

Church "Mass Mobs" - A growing movement across the country has adapted the pop culture idea of "flash mobs" and is using social media to encourage large numbers of Catholics to show up at a specific church for Sunday morning worship. Kim Lawton looks at the Mass Mobs' goals of helping struggling urban churches, as well as concerns that this is not a long term solution. [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: This series provides in-depth coverage of the top religion and ethics stories of the week as well as religious and ethical perspectives on domestic and foreign events and the arts. Hosted by veteran journalist Bob Abernethy, the series brings viewers breaking news through live and taped reports filed by a team of correspondents in the field and interviews with prominent newsmakers.

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