AI: Solutions for the Future or Problems Untold?

AI: Solutions for the Future or Problems Untold?

The news around artificial intelligence, and what humans have led it to be capable of, is changing every week — sometimes even every day. We scarcely have enough time to contemplate the implications of an AI-powered tool before it is let loose into the world. The uncanny presence of AI has led us to question the nature and purpose of human creativity, as it can even write a d’var torah or do other tasks associated with clergy. And with its aggregated knowledge, who is truly responsible for its creations -– and its mistakes?

But for every unnerving or frightening instance of human presence and creativity being appropriated or puppeted, there is another success story of AI making breakthroughs – in the world of medicine, for instance. And AI’s alarming ability to produce rapidly, after all, can only exist because its ability to take in information is unmatched by any human. As Judaism commanded to make a “fence around the Torah,” how we do we regulate these new developments, even as they come at us rapidly? How do we make sure it reflects our deepest values, and does Judaism have a specific take on it?

As a culminating program for Scientists in Synagogues, Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center and its interim rabbi, Ben Goldstein, invited Dr. Sam Friedman, who has applied AI to object tracking, geolocation, augmented reality, and document processing over the course of roughly a decade. Dr. Friedman is also both a lay leader and the President of the Men’s Club at Temple Beth Shalom of Long Beach.

(This post is part of Sinai and Synapses’ project Scientists in Synagogues, a grass-roots program to offer Jews opportunities to explore the most interesting and pressing questions surrounding Judaism and science. “AI: Solutions for the Future or Problems Untold?” was a program held by Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center on the morning of February 11, 2024. The image for this post was generated during the event by OpenAI’s ChatGPT).

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