Jesus weighs in on A.I. | Sanje Ratnavale hosts the Divine Learning Podcast | 9 Min Read

April 3, 2023

Sanje: Welcome everybody, I am delighted to have on the Divine Learning Podcast my friend, Jesus Christ, one of the big three in Heaven, commonly known as the Trinity, to discuss A.I. and its impact on learning. Is it OK to call you my friend, Jesus?

Jesus: Of course, I see all my followers as my friends. Friendship with me is at the core of what it means to be a Christian. Very glad to be here and the other “two” of me (God the Father and God the Holy Spirit) send their best; of course, they are here in spirit, if you know what I mean [winking].

Sanje: Haha. So let’s get at it. Before we delve into A.I. could you please give us a sense of your approach to learning in general, and how it works best?

Jesus: Well, obviously I have some thoughts on how best to learn. But let’s be clear. I personally don’t learn, or better put, I cannot learn. That is probably a little difficult to comprehend but think about it for a second.  If I did learn, I might wake up like you; check my phone, see a headline in the news, and find out someone else is now God. Like Yeezus? You might say that it makes me a “Know-it-All”, but I prefer omniscient [Jesus winks again].

Sanje: Fair. I finally get the whole predestination thing now. So I can respond to the “how do we know we are not just puppets?” free will objectors.

Jesus: I think my biggest point about learning in general, and I made this time and time again 2,000 years ago, is that learning is about knowledge creation, what you know rather than what you repeat or perform in the temple or church. There is a lot of performative stuff that looks like knowledge. To get to knowledge there must be both thinking and action and a catalyst, such as reason or faith. The transformative reaction that results is knowledge, and that is an emotional experience in itself. Knowledge without emotion is shallow, more like information.

Sanje: So how does all this relate to the recent human awe around Artificial Intelligence, ChatGPT, etc?

Jesus: There are quite a few things to consider with A.I. I think the first is somewhat obvious. When you are constructing knowledge you need to develop a mental (social…

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Sanje Ratnavale

Sanje founded OESIS in 2012 and serves as the President of what has grown to become the leading network for innovation at independent schools: the acronym OESIS grew from the initial focus on Online Education Strategies for Independent Schools. He has held senior administrative positions at independent schools including Associate Head of School at a K-12 school for seven years, High School Principal for three years, and CFO for seven years. Prior to making a switch to education, Sanje spent 15 years in venture capital, investment banking, and senior C-level (CEO, COO, CFO) management. He was educated at Christ Church, Oxford University (B.A. and M.A. in Law/Jurisprudence). Sanje is based out of Santa Monica.