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Gadgetry from Nimrod to Kurzweil
Humanity's Struggle with the Definition of Self

Shmuel Skaist

Identity & Global Culture, Sacred Text & Thought

A survey of primary sources in Sefer Bereishit (Book of Genesis) serve as the basis for an evaluation of the impact of computer technology and the internet on humanity particularly with regard to the tension involved in the struggle for individuality. Our journey will take us from a “Singularity” reported in the Torah all the way to the upcoming projected “Singularity” in the 2040's and from science fiction to to the theology of A.I. (Artificial Intelligence).

Shmuel Skaist


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Shmuel (Rav Shmuel) is an acclaimed singer-songwriter who plays at college campuses & top venues from Greenwich Village to LA. He founded Gefiltephish, building Jewish ID on Phish tour in the 1990’s. He is a co-founder of Shabbat Tent at music festivals, Home Shalom kosher kitchen at Rainbow and a senior staff member of Jewlicious Festivals. A charismatic & inspirational speaker, Shmuel taught at Bar Ilan U. before returning to the US. He is currently a Rosh Yeshiva (Head of the Yeshiva) at The Yeshiva at IDT in Newark, NJ.

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