Ask Ray | Jewish scholar says robots will achieve human level intelligence
July 16, 2014
I recently saw this article by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency and wanted to share it with you.
I have an ongoing interest in the Turing test — a competition that gauges whether an artificial intelligence is capable of human level conversation.
There was a recent test of a chatbot named Eugene Goostman, and I’ve written my reaction to its test results.
This article is an interview with Orthodox Jewish Rabbi and thinker Mark Goldfeder, PhD who has also debated the recent chatbot competition in a story he wrote for CNN.
Jewish Telegraphic Agency | “Should robots count in a minyan? Rabbi talks Turing test”
My Jewish Learning | “An overview of Jewish conversation and debate”
His position on the dawning of human level artificial intelligence, and its timeframe, is similar to my own. I found Rabbi Goldfeder’s reasoning intriguing. My date for human level AI remains 2029.
The article reads, “Mark Goldfeder, PhD is a fellow at Emory University’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion. He is working on a book on robots in the law titled Almost Human.”
Goldfeder examines whether robots could one day be regarded as members of the community, and what Jewish tradition and law says about this concept.
“I think the difference between science fiction and science is time,” Goldfeder says.
“We are far from the situation of having a robot capable of walking among us unsuspected,” he continued.
“But I do think that Jewish thinkers should start tossing around the questions because we’re probably 30, not 100, years away,” Rabbi Goldfeder concluded.
I came across this cartoon cleverly illustrating the concepts from the article, and laughed out loud.
I hope you enjoy it.