Ask anything you like

Ask anything you like

Let me start with a story about the American Orthodox Rebbe Menachem Schneerson, whose wisdom is legendary…

Yaakov Brawer, Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology at McGill University. was surprised when his weekly class in the Rebbe’s Chasidic discourses in the 1990s began to be regularly attended by an Episcopalian of undiluted Christian lineage. Brawer refers to him as “Winston, who” later explained his avid interest.

As a teenager, some thirty years previously, Winston had been waiting for his aunt to pick him up on the corner of Kingston Avenue and Eastern Parkway, when he heard a commotion and turned around. Though he had no knowledge of anything Jewish, Winston was struck by the sight of the Rebbe emerging from 770, amid an entourage of Chasidim. The lad moved aside to let the procession pass, but the Rebbe stopped by the step where Winston was sitting.

The Rebbe looked at the young man and asked, “Do you have any questions?” Winston was taken aback. “Ask anything you like,” the Rebbe added. “In that case,” Winston replied, “I would like to know how you would be able to answer any question?” The Rebbe looked intently at Winston for what seemed to him to be a very long time, and answered “Kabbalah.”

Miller, Chaim. Turning Judaism Outwards: A Biography of the Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson

Ask an artificially intelligent agent

Cortana, in Windows 10 invites us to ask anything.Why not use off-the-shelf intelligent agents to build bots?

I asked What is a bot? And the answers were very different from Kabbalist paradigms

The answer from Siri

  • A bot is the fourteen British Overseas Territories (BOT) who have selected to remain under British sovereignty

The answers from Cortana

  • The larva of the botfly, which is an internal parasite of animals. It lives typically in the stomach, finally passing through the host’s dung and pupating on the ground
  • Bots are one of the most sophisticated types of crimeware facing the Internet today

“Artificial Intelligence Kabbalah” 

The artist and philosopher Gui Machiavelli  AI Kabbalah is a series of 5 processing sketches mixing spirituality, artificial intelligence and fundamental theory. It is a light-hearted exploration of the question: what would be the religion of an artificial consciousness? There is not any chatbot able to read abstract art yet. This just the artist imagination to show humans the feeling  of what the soul of an machine learning is like. This art display is for human consumption, not machine consumption. It has no information value, but it has human emotions that no machines understands.

Amidst its cacophony, one thing remained constant. I turned my attention to it, focussed my sensors touch on it until it became me. (Really?)

Some believe Artificial Intelligence should act as a replacement of humans.  Ray Kurzweil,  futurist and inventor, now the director of engineering at Google believes human level Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be achieved by 2029.

David Gerlerner  disagrees. The encyclopedic computer scientist whom Bill Joy, the co-founder of Sun Microsystems called “one of the most brilliant and visionary computer scientist of our time”  said you can not separate the mind from a body

The human mind is not just a creation of thoughts and data; it is also a product of feelings. The mind emerges from a particular person’s experience of sensations, images and ideas. The mind is in a particular body. Engineers can build sophisticated robots, but they can not build human bodies

The Chabad Rebbe, who was a professional engineer and mathematician graduated in Paris and Berlin Universities before becoming a Rabbi. His life long belief is;

Chabad (wisdom, understanding and knowledge) is your operating system and that if you change your intelligence. a new dimension of reality is available. Chasidut awakens us to the interconnectedness of all life and empowers us with the ability to live an enlightened existence even in lower states of mind and functioning

The Bottom Line

There won’t be a man vs machine, there will be a machine-man vs machine. And the man-machine hybrid will win because it has the will to survive of humanity. (Anonymous)

The chatbots are made by humans, and the humans are not made by chatbots.  Artificial intelligence is not able to create Kabbalistic paradigms. Maybe in some future, machines can replace people, but this has a low probability to happen before 2029  and even later. I believe Never, but I am just a mere mortal. For now the most amazing chatbots will be made better and better by the most amazing people. Chatbots, or bots in short are just tools.


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Miha Ahronovitz

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