The Chai Times #74 //

Mar 10, 2023 10:21 pm



From our friend Rabbi Mordechai Lighstone at Tech Tribe:

Every year SXSW has its buzzwords, and there is no doubt that this year, the focus will be on Article Intelligence.

And for good reason: AI is poised to upend almost everything we do.

It’s why I’ve explored and written about it in these pages.

The biggest question about AI is not as much what it will replace, since given time and proper implementation it will replace many things, hopefully allowing us to focus on ever higher levels of work. (I say hopefully since the reality is that buggy whip makers can not so easily pivot to becoming race car drivers)

Rather it’s what’s going into it:

An algorithm is only as good as its data set. In order to build apps and technology that are truly transformative, it’s critical that we live lives endowed with actual goodness and meaning.

We’re at a point where we realize how technology, unmoored from deeper meaning and higher morals, can be an incredibly corrosive force. However, when it’s mined for meaning and purpose—when the goodness isn’t just the tagline at the end of the pitch, but the actual core focus of the product—then there is this incredible potential for truly profound good.

At its heart, that’s what #openShabbat, and Tech Tribe, are all about: If the technology of the future will inevitably be such a profound force in our lives, then it’s critical that those building it do so from a place of true goodness. The pursuit of goodness, not just knowledge and definitely not just wealth, needs to be the guiding force in our lives. Founders and innovators who start their day with a routine act of goodness - giving something each day to those in need, creating a foundation of goodness each day - are essential to our future.

Wishing you an uplifting Shabbat,

Rabbi Mendy & Mussy

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