This is a thought experiment aimed to aid me to prepare for the Messianic times:

We know, that the European colonizers of America were seen by the natives as "sons of gods" because of the technology they possessed.

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." Clarke's Third Law

So one day, allegedly, the Earth will be filled with "knowledge of G-d". On the other hand, technologically, one day the Earth will be filled with "knowledge of AI".

How the true experience of God in the Messianic times would be significant;y different from any experience of a virtual AI? In other words, how would one know, that he experiences God and not (extraterrestrial) AI (aka Turing_test)?

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    I was waiting for the PTIJ tag, but it didn't come.
    – chortkov2
    Commented Jun 27, 2019 at 13:35
  • Interesting thought experiment. But, I am unclear about the parameters of the scenario. For example: is there still an individual experience in the real world, or are we connected into a kind of online hive-mind? And on a more meta-level: how would we answer your question outside of AI. E.g. if someone came up to us now and told us this?
    – RonP
    Commented Jun 27, 2019 at 13:36
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    Too much Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal?
    – user6591
    Commented Jun 27, 2019 at 14:02
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    I'm voting to close this question as unclear. What kind of AI are you talking about here? What does it mean for your senses to be "connected/interacted" with it?
    – Daniel
    Commented Jun 27, 2019 at 17:27
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    Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/11546/13438
    – Alex
    Commented Jun 27, 2019 at 18:18

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This sounds like something only Elon Musk would be concerned. In Judaism, we are obligated to rely on our senses, not magic or false prophets. It is with the help of our faculty and abilities that we should determine that the voice in question (in any given conversation) is simply an act of AI, and not a divine agency. This is because the brain perceives information which is transferred to the eyes and shifted into vision, in relation to light and a physical object. That is to say, information entering the brain is interpreted as color, texture, size, etc. We are, in essence, a mechanical machine. Consider an advanced computer system with all its wires which would employ a binary code, which is measurable in fixed numerical quantities, operating in a range of complex system. This is how the human body was designed. So in the near future, it is possible that virtual reality could mingle both realities to the point of incomprehensibility. Our reliability to reality would be variable, liable to change to any pattern of events as in the movie matrix. Which begs the question. How can we be sure that we are not deceived or fooled into believing anything?

In his Guide, the Rambam gives a clear answer to this rule. Since G-d does not involve Himself in human affairs, that is, G-d established the laws of nature at the beginning and does not need a step into history, it follows that G-d never spoke to anyone. And since the angels are a force of nature, not divine (agentic creatures with wings and blond hair), but the will of a deity, we can be sure that the voice stemming is a computer-generated replica of the human vocal cords. Rest assured, in this pretext, the voice does not come from G-d, because G-d does not have a mouth to speak to prophets or to man. Refer to Maimonides' view on prophecy.

  • Thank you for taking this Q. seriously. In your understanding of Rambam, we will never experience G-d in the way the Israelis experienced at the Red sea or Mt. Sinai or like numerous prophets saw Him?
    – Al Berko
    Commented Jun 27, 2019 at 17:24
  • Well, according to my understanding of the Rambam, G-d does not interfere in the natural world. That is to say, the spilt of the Sea of Reeds was a natural event as depicted in Ridley Scott's "Exodus" (save the scene where Hollywood decides to put Moshe with pharaoh in front of a tsunami), and not the move Ten Commandments with Charlton Heston. That is to say that G-d employed the laws of nature to do this in the beginning, so we can still attribute the event to G-d's doing.
    – Turk Hill
    Commented Jun 27, 2019 at 17:30
  • So we'll never have any kind of prophecy or visions.
    – Al Berko
    Commented Jun 27, 2019 at 17:31
  • Maimonides felt that prophecy was simply a higher level of intelligence, save Moshe. I personally believe the revelation at Sinai was miraculous, although some speculate whether the Rambam did himself which is debatable.
    – Turk Hill
    Commented Jun 27, 2019 at 17:32
  • I do not think we will see any more prophecy or visions in the future. I agree with Maimonides that prophecy is higher intelligence and not necessarily a divine agency at work. Maimonides felt that even angels in the Torah were either a vision or a dream.
    – Turk Hill
    Commented Jun 27, 2019 at 17:35

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