Audio Roundup 2023:19

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by Joel Rich

Given that the kahal says the bracha for sfira/hallel after the shatz/rabbi, does your kahal answer Baruch hu Baruch shmo to the shatz/rabbi’s bracha?

I was going to write a letter to Jewish Action concerning the artificial intelligence section, but realized it would be long enough for an article, for which I have no credentials. I just wanted to share two thoughts for your consideration

There is certainly a permanent spiritual argument that artificial intelligence could never becoming a poseik. In short, it would not have siyata dshmaya. However, the arguments of not having shimush or a mesora seem to me to be more short-term practical arguments. They seem to be based on the fact that AI has no access to this data because it is not part of the written corpus. That is true, but the data is being transmitted from generation to generation somehow, and so, in theory, it could be transmitted to the AI as well.

It seems this is a subset of the great debate in the outside world concerning creativity, the hard problem of consciousness (and what it’s like to be a bat), the existence of free will, and can AI have consciousness without a body or be sentient. (The creativity issue is an interesting one, because from what I understand, alpha go revealed strategies which humans hadn’t discovered).
Perhaps the challenge is to either develop objective external measures which we can use to settle these debates (the Turing test seems to have fallen by the wayside) or to simply say these debates can’t be settled (non-overlapping magisteria or something like that).
It seems to me that at some point klal yisrael will paskin (similarly to Rabbi Google)

Please direct any informal comments to [email protected].

About Joel Rich

Joel Rich is a frequent wannabee cyberspace lecturer on various Torah topics. A Yerushalmi formerly temporarily living in West Orange, NJ, his former employer and the Social Security administration support his Torah listening habits. He is a recovering consulting actuary.

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