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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 Scholar in Residence and Director of New Media at Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, where he was also a member of the inaugural cohort of North American David Hartman Center Fellows. David Zvi leads the Kogod Research Center’s research seminar on Judaism and the Natural World. David Zvi holds a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from the University of Toronto. His research touches on Jewish

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

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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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