Program

 

The Internet and the Torah

Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Algorithms and Social Media
THE CHALLENGE AND PROMISE
December 8 – 11, 2021

 

Wednesday Evening, December 8 – Opening Night ~ 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Panel I: Intelligence and Artificial Intelligence – A Dialogue                                                

7:30 PM ~  Professor Nathan Katz (CYS College): Welcome (5 min)

7:40 PM  ~  Professor Joseph Jacobson (MIT):  What is Artificial Intelligence (35-40 min)

8:20 PM  ~  Rabbi Sholom D. Lipskar (CYS College): What is Intelligence (35-40 min)

9:00 PM  ~  Discussion facilitated by Prof. Nathan Katz (30 min + Q&A)

Thursday Morning, December 9 ~ 10:00am – 12:00pm
Documentary: The Social Dilemma

Comments by Prof. Nathan Katz

Thursday Afternoon, December 9  ~ 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Panel II: How It All Works: The Internet, Big Data, Algorithms, Social Media 

1:00 PM  ~  Dr. Samuel S. Lightstone (IBM): AI and Big Data: State of the Art Today and Challenges for Jewish Life Tomorrow (35 min + 10 min Q&A)

1:45 PM  ~  Professor Henry Abramson (Touro): Artificial Intelligence and Artificial Wisdom: Postmodernism and the Digital Age (35 min + 10 min Q&A)

2:30 PM  ~  Franklin Zemel, Esq. (Cyberprivacy Attorney):  The Links Between OSINT (Open Source Intelligence) and Ransomware (35 min + 10 min Q&A)

​3:15 PM  ~  Rabbi Dov Schochet (CYS College): Privacy Through the Prism of Torah (35 min. + 10 min Q&A)

Thursday Night, December 9 ~ 7:30pm – 9:45pm
Panel III: New Dangers

7:30 PM  ~  Rabbi Professor Avraham Steinberg, MD (Shaare Zedek): The New Media and Neurological Impact (35 min + 10 min Q&A)

8:15 PM  ~  Dr. Norman Goldwasser (Horizons): Trauma, Addiction, and Cyberbullying: The Perils of Social Media (35 min + 10 min Q&A)

9:00 PM  ~  Rabbi Pinchas Taylor (Chabad-Plantation): The Internet’s Impact on our Dreams (35 min + 10 min Q&A)

Friday Night & Saturday, December 10 – 11, 2021
Shabbaton: Scholar in Residence – Rabbi Prof. Avraham Steinberg
Motzei Shabbos, Saturday Night, December 11 ~ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Panel IV: The Promise

7:30 PM  ~  Dr. Margarita Quihuis (Stanford Persuasion Inst.): Worshipping the God of Technology: How technology alone is not sufficient to create a safe and just world (35 min + 10 min Q&A)

8:15 PM  ~  Rabbi Motti Seligson (Chabad.org): Using Technology for its Higher Purpose (35 min + 10 min Q&A)

9:00 PM  ~  Dr. Menachem Feuer (Adaleg IT): Judaism in a Digital World: Philosophical, Mystical and Practical Approaches to the Future of Tech in the Jewish Community (35 min + 10 min Q&A)

9:45 PM ~  Rabbi Sholom D. Lipskar (CYS College) & Professor Joseph Jacobson (MIT): Summary of the Conference (30 min)

10:15 PM ~  Professor Nathan Katz (CYS College): Closing Remarks (15 min)