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What is the Future of Human Value?

David Zvi Kalman explores gene editing, artificial intelligence, and the changing worth of human life.
Dr. David Zvi Kalman is a research fellow in the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Kogod Research Center. He is a scholar, writer, and entrepreneur working at the intersection of technology, religion, and art. In addition to his work at the Shalom Hartman Institute, he has held research and consulting roles at Sinai and Synapses and the Sapir Institute. He is the owner of Print-O-Craft Press, an independent publishing house that has released books including Jessica Deutsch’s

What is the Future of Human Value? Gene Editing, Artificial Intelligence, and the Changing Worth of Human Life

Session 1

Session 2

In the 21st century, two major technologies will tug at our understanding of what it means to be human: gene editing, because it encourages very precise tinkering with specific elements of human DNA; and artificial intelligence, because it challenges us to reconsider what made humans special in the first place.

David Zvi Kalman considers the seemingly straightforward idea that humans are created in the image of God, and whether we can reinterpret this idea in a way that preserves human dignity. Session 1 explores artificial intelligence; session 2 explores gene editing.

NOTE: This program was part of our Summer 2021 Virtual Rabbinic Torah Seminar,  Torah of Possibility for an Uncertain Future

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