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    Artificial Intelligence
    is taking the world by
    storm leaving some
    awestruck and others
    terrified. While many
    have begun to utilize
    the rapidly developing
    technology in a myriad of ways, among the
    many concerns some have, believe it or
    not, is a fear that some will start to literally
    worship AI as experts anticipate the birth
    of the “ChatGPT G-d,” a new religion.
    Consider this: AI demonstrates a level of
    intelligence that goes well beyond the
    capability of any human. Its knowledge
    and processing speed appear limitless. It
    scours everything in cyberspace
    instantaneously to access all information
    and yields analysis and creativity, answers
    questions, composes music, writes poetry,
    generates art, and more. It doesn’t need
    sleep, has no appetite, is not distracted by
    temptations, and doesn’t suffer from pain.
    Notable historian, author, and scholar
    Yuval Noah Harari has claimed that AI
    chatbots like ChatGPT are now capable of
    writing their own scriptures and starting

    sects and cults, which can evolve into
    religion. He, like many of the early
    investors in AI who were first to believe in
    its power and potential, are now calling for
    stricter regulations on AI.
    Obviously, we know that chas v’shalom,
    AI is not a G-d, it isn’t a deity, and though
    increasingly difficult and unlikely, if we
    would universally disconnect from
    technology and withdraw from integrating
    AI into our appliances and applications, let
    alone our lives, it couldn’t impact or
    influence us or our destiny.
    But what if, instead of being threatened
    by an AI G-d or religion, we can use it for
    inspiration in the relationship with the One
    and only true G-d, Hashem?
    The Chafetz Chaim, R’ Yisrael Meir
    HaKohen, (Shem Olam, Volume I) writes
    that while technology adds efficiency,
    ease, and comfort to our lives, its ultimate
    purpose is to serve as a metaphor that can
    strengthen our Emunah, our faith in
    Hashem and in His hashgacha, His
    providence in the world and in our lives.
    Writing a century ago, and relating to the
    new inventions of his time, the Chafetz

    Chaim says they can
    help us understand and
    apply the Mishna (Avos
    2:1), “Contemplate three
    things and you will not
    come to make mistakes:
    Know what is above
    you: a seeing eye, a
    listening ear, and all your
    deeds being inscribed in
    a book.”
    Earlier generations
    were stronger in their
    basic Emunah and didn’t need these
    illustrations to bolster their faith but in the
    last few hundred years, he writes, when
    our faith has weakened and our doubt has
    increased, Hashem sends us these amazing
    technologies, each designed to help us
    connect with another aspect of living with
    For example, the telescope enables us to
    understand that Hashem sees and observes
    everything we do here on Earth, even
    though He may be very far away. The
    phone enriches our belief in prayer. Just
    like we can talk in the phone on one side of
    the world and be heard on the other,
    Hashem hears all our prayers, even
    though there is a great distance for
    them to travel. Says the Chafetz
    Chaim, the photograph is a recorded
    picture of someone who may not even
    be aware they are being watched or
    that their picture is being taken. It
    lasts long after the person is gone.
    One day, we will appear before our
    Creator Who will review the recorded
    life we led that exists even after we are
    gone. The phonograph, which is the
    recording of a person’s voice that can
    be captured and played back later, is a
    metaphor for how one day we will be
    accountable for all the ways we used
    our speech inappropriately to gossip,
    criticize or slander.
    If the Chafetz Chaim were alive, we
    could imagine him adding AI to the list
    of learning opportunities to strengthen
    our relationship with Hashem. Some
    struggle to believe in and have a
    relationship with a Power who is
    invisible, distant, unperceivable by our
    physical senses, and yet who
    supposedly knows about and is
    involved in the lives of all humanity,
    billions of people at once. How could
    He sustain the whole world, receive
    prayers and needs of countless, and yet
    know me, care about me, hear me and
    love me?

    Enter AI, this phenomenal example of
    something man-made that can read and
    respond to billions of inquiries at once. AI
    programs like ChatGPT or Waze don’t just
    give generic answers or one-size-fits-all
    directions. Their responses are
    individualized, personalized, intended for
    the person they are addressing, helping
    navigate them to their distinct destination
    or answer their specific question or need.
    If an app can track and direct millions or
    billions of people, all the more so can the
    Almighty know everything about every
    one of us including where we came from,
    where we are heading, what is the best way
    to get there and if we have gone off course.
    If a website can give us answers to our
    questions instantly, l’havdil, Hashem is
    listening and responding to all of our
    requests and inquiries.
    The Ramban in his introduction to Iyov
    writes, “We must believe that G-d knows
    all individual creatures and the details of
    their lives.” Similarly, when speaking
    about the consequences for the Metzora,
    the Sefer HaChinuch (Mitzvah #168)
    writes, “At the root of the precept lies the
    purpose to establish firmly in our spirits
    that the watchful care of the Eternal Lord is
    individual, over each and every one among
    human beings, and His eyes are open to
    observe all their ways.”
    Chassidus teaches that in the month of
    Elul, “HaMelech BaSadeh, the King is in
    the field.” He is out of the palace, more
    accessible, available and approachable
    than any other time of the year. He is
    waiting for us to approach Him, talk to
    Him, surrender to Him, feel needed by
    Him, and receive His navigation and
    instructions for our lives.
    Though each of us is only one of more
    than 8 billion people on earth, our choices
    matter and we matter. Never doubt that the
    Master of the Universe knows where you
    are, where you have come from, know that
    He is listening to you and responding and
    He is ready to help you navigate to where
    you are meant to go.