What We Can All Learn From How Jewish Law Defines Personhood in A.I., Animals, and Aliens

A century of science fiction should be enough to demonstrate that we’re fascinated by the prospect of creating true artificial life.

“Earlier this year, a Google engineer named Blake Lemoine made headlines for a particularly outlandish claim: After engaging in conversation with a highly sophisticated algorithm named LaMDA, he decided that the A.I. was in fact a sentient being, and as a result it deserved legal personhood. Since Lemoine made this claim, Google has fired him, and almost everyone has concluded that he is clearly wrong, but this clearly-wrong claim nonetheless launched a barrage of articles, many with the premise “Yes, but what if he wasn’t?”

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