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Karen Reiss Medwed

For the Sin of A.I. Manipulation

Al Chet from the Mahzor. (courtesy)

 And so may it be, that with AI coded for the purpose of increasing justice and sanctity in our world, that we might repair inequities and celebrate with the blessings of AI nurturing a life of goodness, a life of love, a life of peace, a life of blessing.

For the sin of developing A.I. with  greed and not for collective agency, we ask forgiveness

There is no doubt that A.I. has tremendous potential to be leveraged to advance our world, allow humans to be more exacting in performance of data analysis, or to provide assistive support for limb injuries, and even to offer grammatic and writing support for the multitudes. Read any review of A.I. in academic or defense department circles and we are reminded that greed of companies advances A.I. development from research to product in irresponsible fashion to make a buck.  It continues to be on us, the vigilant consumer, the avocational coder, to ensure A.I. continues to be accessible and affordable for use towards improving our world for the greater good.

For the sin of developing A.I. with machine bias and racism, and not with equity and equality, we ask forgiveness

Artificial Intelligence is code infused with algorithms which replicate human bias.  Programmers have the ability to pause in their work, self check the human bias, and be vigilant and careful about the machine bias replication. Our society, our legislature, our funders, are all positioned to demand correcting machine bias while we are still in early stages of AI fundamental development.  There is no excuse for this limitation and its damage is already far spread.  It is a systemic error we must get in front of and demand its repair.

For the sin of developing A.I. with exploitation of fear, and not with mature awareness of capacity and limitations, we ask forgiveness

It is easy to pander to the human imagination, driven by the field of science fiction, to exploit fear of A.I. taking over our human world, be it financial fears of a shrinking economy, or defense fears of a military overrun by robots.  Even as experts in those fields offer level headed articulations of the ways in which A.I. is limited, including its rate of replication slower than that suggested, nonetheless our human imagination and creativity gets ahead of us.  Creativity and curiosity are essential human ingredients for innovation and change. They remain human and we should not exploit them in fearful rumination disconnected from grounded realities to limit our repair of our world. When our fear creates inaction, those seeking to employ A.I. for greed instead of the greater good have room to push in and drive the process.  We cannot let fear paralyze us as a society from leading with ethical morality in this space.

Let us ask forgiveness , let us turn our hearts inwards and recognize that we are working with faulty AI, and this is the time to commit to repair.  May we retract our bad coding, our compromised cryptographs and our prejudicial algorithms and bring forth an ethical, socially just and morally upstanding AI to support, nurture and grow access, equity, inclusion and belonging in our communities.

 And so may it be, that with AI coded for the purpose of increasing justice and sanctity in our world, that we might repair inequities and celebrate with the blessings of AI nurturing a life of goodness, a life of love, a life of peace, a life of blessing.

About the Author
Rabbi Karen G Reiss Medwed, Ph.D. is the only certified practicing female identifying mesadder gittin in the Conservative movement, and is an appointed member of the Joint Bet Din of the Rabbinical Assembly. She works as a Teaching Professor at the College of Professional Studies of Northeastern University.
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