Let's say programmers create an AI robot that is conscious and programmed to be a Rabbi, can it receive a Semikhah? If so, if it outputs blessings are they valid?
I think that there are a few points worth clarifying here.
- The Torah was given to humans, not machines. Even if a machine were somehow to attain consciousness (if that is even possible) and "want" to keep the Torah, it wouldn't be able to do very much since mitzvos are designed for humanity. Just as the Torah wasn't given to angels, it wasn't given to machines.
- I can't imagine that Rabbonim would allow such a system to go through conversion because it makes little sense, and if it isn't Jewish, it certainly can't get Semichah
- I'm not sure exactly what you mean by "output blessings". It can't make blessings on food, for example, because it doesn't eat. I can't think of any blessings that make sense for it to output. I'm also not sure why you think it is necessary to be a Rabbi to "output blessings"?