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Sunday, January 31 • 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Golems and A.I.: the Ethics of Servitude

As technology continues to advance and the devices we rely on become even “smarter”, the creation of sentient mechanical beings seems increasingly possible. This raises interesting moral questions.  Historically concepts of “personhood” stem from Aristotelian notions about who is “worthy of enslavement”. The Golem of Jewish lore was not considered a person, so he is not considered a “slave” in the classic sense.  But what about androids or cylons? If it is technologically possible, is it morally right to create sentient beings to serve us? What are the risks? What are our moral responsibilities? We explore traditional and contemporary sources.

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Lindsey bat Joseph

Rabbi Y. Lindsey bat Joseph was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati (1996) where she also earned her M.A. Hebrew Letters, majoring in Jewish liturgy and philosophy. She began her rabbinic career as the Rabbi-Educator for Temple Beth Ora... Read More →

Sunday January 31, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm PST
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