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Artificial Intelligence: The New Ethical Frontier

Artificial Intelligence: The New Ethical Frontier

Considered one of the most provocative ethical issues facing the 21st century, this seminar will examine cutting edge advances in AI (Artificial Intelligence), its legal and moral issues and what the Talmud says about AI, the nature of the mind and freewill.

  • Can Machines Learn to be Moral?
  • Who's Responsible When a Self-Driving Car or a Robotic Surgeon Make a Mistake?
  • Should Courts Use AI to Sentence Criminals?
  • Should Machines be Allowed to Take Over Human Jobs?
  • What is the Torah’s View on Artificial Intelligence, the Mind and Freewill?


Mitchell P. Marcus                                                                                                                               RCA Professor of Artificial Intelligence, University of Pennsylvania

Mitchell Marcus is the RCA Professor of Artificial Intelligence in the Department of Computer and Information Science (CIS) at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is also Professor of Linguistics. He studied Linguistics and Applied Mathematics at Harvard University as an undergraduate, received his Ph.D. in 1978 from the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab, and was a Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories. He has served as Chair of the CIS Department at Penn, as Chair of the Penn Faculty Senate, as well as President of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL). He is a Fellow of the American Association of Artificial Intelligence and a Founding Fellow of the ACL. His research interests include: statistical natural language processing, cognitively plausible models for automatic acquisition of linguistic structure, and human-robot communication. He is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of H5 Technologies, a San Francisco-based eDiscovery company..

Matthew U. Scherer, Esq.                                                                                                        Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Attorney, Littler and Mendelson, P.C.

Matt Scherer is an attorney and legal scholar based in Portland, Oregon who writes and speaks on the intersection of law and artificial intelligence. He is an associate with the international labor and employment law firm Littler Mendelson P.C., where he is a member of the Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Automation practice group. He is a magna cum laude graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and the author of Regulating Artificial Intelligence Systems: Risks, Challenges, Competencies, and Strategies. He previously served for more than two years as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Pontiac, Michigan. He has also completed three judicial clerkships, covering both state and federal courts and courts at the trial court, intermediate appellate court, and supreme court levels.

Rabbi Mordechai Becher                                                                                                           Adjunct Professor of Jewish Philosophy and History, James Striar School, Yeshiva University

Rabbi Becher, originally from Australia, is senior lecturer of the Gateways Organization and an instructor at Yeshiva University. He received his Ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem and holds an MA in Medieval Jewish History from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University, where he is currently pursuing doctoral studies. He taught at Ohr Somayach and Neve Yerushalayim in Jerusalem for 15 years, and also served in the IDF. Rabbi Becher has answered thousands of questions on and presents a Talmud class on the Jewish Broadcasting Service. Rabbi Becher’s latest book, Gateway to Judaism, published by Shaar Press/Artscroll, is now in its ninth printing. He has taught in the USA, Canada, England, Israel, South Africa, Australia and Russia, and has conducted tours in Africa, Australia, China, Europe and Israel.

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