Here's my rebuttal to this attack * AI can enhance the accessibility and dissemination of religious knowledge by providing quick and accurate information, translations, and interpretations of texts. AI can assist in organizing and analyzing vast amounts of data, making it a valuable tool for research and study. by Chat GPT
The author of the claim makes several points regarding the question of whether AI can replace rabbis. They argue that while AI can be a valuable tool for information gathering and Torah study, it still has a long way to go in terms of providing reliable and accurate information in the realm of halachah (Jewish law). The interpretation of Torah texts often requires nuanced understanding and contextual factors, which AI systems currently struggle to grasp.
Furthermore, the programming of AI introduces bias, influenced by the beliefs and interpretations of those who develop the algorithms. This bias may lead to the exclusion or prioritization of certain opinions, potentially distorting the halachic landscape presented by AI.
The article also emphasizes the importance of shimush, which refers to actively engaging with experienced and knowledgeable authorities in halachic decision-making. This apprenticeship-like approach is crucial for developing practical skills, judgment, and insights into halachic practice, which cannot be gained solely through reading texts or gathering information.
Additionally, the author highlights the role of mesorah (tradition) in halachic decision-making, which includes not only the oral teachings received from one's teacher but also the observation of how the teacher applied halachic rulings in practical cases. AI lacks the ability to access anecdotal material or personal experiences passed down through generations of scholars.
Finally, the author mentions the concept of divine help that rabbis receive when approaching the halachic decision process with proper preparation, humility, and fear of heaven. This assistance is not guaranteed for algorithms, as rabbis are following the Torah's instruction to study and comprehend it, and their rulings are guided by siyata dishmaya, help from Heaven.
Regarding your question about whether rabbis will start using AI as a tool, the article does not directly address that possibility. However, it suggests that AI can be used as a valuable tool for information gathering and Torah study, but it cannot replace the role of a rabbi in providing personal and emotional connection, understanding unique circumstances, and offering spiritual counseling and support.
AI can enhance the accessibility and dissemination of religious knowledge by providing quick and accurate information, translations, and interpretations of texts. AI can assist in organizing and analyzing vast amounts of data, making it a valuable tool for research and study. Regarding the different opinions among rabbis, AI can potentially provide another perspective or opinion based on the programming and algorithms it uses. However, it's important to note that the programming itself can introduce bias and may not align with the entirety of halachic teachings. Therefore, relying solely on AI for halachic decisions may not provide a comprehensive and reliable approach.
The original article discrediting the contributions of AI: https://www.chabad.org/.../Can-AI-Replace-Rabbis.htm...