Islamic Values

Solomon’s Horses: What are the legal and moral implications for creating Strong AI in Sharia?

Before we talk about the problem of creating Strong AI, let’s talk about how Islamic law categorizes rulings. While Yonatan  presents this as an issue of encouragement vs. prohibition, Islamic Law offers a few other choices. Laws falls under one of five categories: Obligatory, Encouraged, Unrestricted, Discouraged, and Forbidden. Creating strong AI may fall under any of these five.

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Zakat on Gold and Silver Jewelry

There are three popular opinions about paying Zakat on Jewelry. One that states it is never paid, another that differentiates between that worn for adornment versus that held for value, and the third that states any jewelry is liable for Zakat as long as it reaches Nisab. The more correct of these three opinions is the third, that Zakat is always paid without exception on any gold or silver that is in possession for  one year or more.

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God’s Pious Dictators – or – Is ISIS Islamic? Depends who you ask.

First, I’d like to point out that almost no one I know thinks that ISIS are good guys.
They also don’t think they are the astronomical threat to all humanity that they are made out to be.
They feel that the media gives them way too much play.
Do they (and I) believe they are off their rockers? Yes.
Do they (and I) believe that they too will pass? Yes.
Do they (and I) believe that some other group will be propped up in their place? Probably (Remember Khorasan?)

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