Large language models (LLMs) have demonstrated great promise in “learning” and imitating the patterns of human language and visual communication, even though they have no understanding of human meaning or intent. It seems inevitable that most types of work will be both enhanced and disrupted by AI. Meanwhile, biotechnologists are deepening their ability to write the instruction codes of life—DNA and RNA. All these new capabilities will inevitably be deployed according to some vision of good and evil.
Unfortunately, Christians, though present with technical and managerial expertise in many facets of these fields and other frontier technologies, often fail to form a “theological anthropology” that connects our view of humanity to what is ultimately true and good.
We’re looking for ventures shaped by a Christian vision to develop talent for these world-shaping and boundary-pushing fields, increasing the presence of Christian ethics where much of the future will be designed. And because any Christian ethic places a priority on the flourishing of the most vulnerable, we are especially interested in ventures that go against the grain to consider the redemptive application of these technologies in society over mere efficiency or “magic" to protect and promote well-being for the materially poor, the vocationally at-risk, those historically neglected by healthcare technology, and others who might stand to benefit from creative use of these powerful technologies.
In today’s commercially-driven world people are more likely to be seen and referred to as 'consumers' than anything else. Instead of being met with resistance, this shift has often meant that individuals have formed their identity through a composite of brands, and product purchasing can be guided more by the desire to make a statement about one’s identity and values than strict utility. As a result, the lines between social movement, capitalism, and community are increasingly blurry (see: Nike, Whole Foods, and Patagonia).
Given this reality (which is with us for both better and worse), we’d like to support entrepreneurs with a vision for building brands with a counter-culturally virtuous and optimistic view of the world, spreading hope and beauty, eliminating stigma, and most fundamentally, redirecting our identity away from materialistic consumption and toward lasting contentment.
Praxis VEntures Working On This ORI
enables faster, easier development of medications for hard-to-treat conditions in smaller patient populations using an AI-powered SaaS product that speeds clinical trials (Luke Stewart, Business 2024).
makes cutting-edge research technologies of genome sequencing (developed by physicians and scientists around the world) accessible to patients of rare diseases (Jimmy Lin, Nonprofit 2012). Jimmy is also the Chief Scientific Officer at Freenome, which connects people with blood tests for early cancer detection.