Mischievous Manipulators: Striking a Balance Between AI Knowledge and Human Wisdom

Hasnain-Walji Dr. Hasnain Gulamali Walji is a recognized thought leader specializing in the intersection of technology, AI, and human behavior. He serves as the President of Integrative Quest, developing e-learning products for the financial and healthcare sectors. With over 26 books on nutrition and natural medicine, his expertise is well-regarded in the field.

He is the Executive Director of the United Global Initiative, an international NGO committed to women’s empowerment and social justice. Its flagship program, CodeGirls, encourages girls from marginalized societies to join the tech sector. He also holds directorial positions with the Jaffer Family Foundation, the Oasis Center for Intellectual Development, the Karbala Center for Humanity, and contributes to Harvard Divinity School’s ‘Ashura At Harvard’ study track.

With over four decades of service to the Muslim community, Dr. Walji’s commitments include active roles on boards such as the World Federation of KSI Muslim Communities, American Muslim Health Professionals, National Muslim Catholic Dialogue, and the Interfaith Peace Ministry of Orange County, among others. As an oral historian, he produced the documentary “The Khojas – A Journey of Faith,” tracing his community’s heritage over seven centuries.
In his golden years, Dr. Walji continues to dedicate himself to research, education, and social justice activism, driven by a vision to create a better world for his seven grandchildren.


Today, we find ourselves at the forefront of a technological revolution that is reshaping the way we live, work, and interact with the world. Artificial intelligence, or AI, has emerged as a powerful force, bringing about tremendous advancements and innovations. It has revolutionized communication, transformed industries, and even offered support in the realm of mental health. The possibilities seem endless, but along with these remarkable achievements come ethical dilemmas and potential pitfalls that we must confront.

The Paradoxes of AI Knowledge and Human Wisdom – The Seemingly Omniscient AI with a Limited Vocabulary

As we delve into the paradoxes of AI knowledge and human wisdom, we encounter thought-provoking scenarios that challenge our perceptions.  One such paradox is the seemingly omniscient AI with a limited vocabulary. AI tools like ChatGPT can understand and respond to a wide range of topics, but their knowledge may be constrained by biases in their training data. This limitation highlights the gap between AI knowledge and the depth of understanding that human wisdom encompasses.

The AI Therapist with No Emotions

These remarkable systems can provide empathetic responses and offer emotional support, akin to a human therapist. Yet, they lack the very essence of human emotions, creating an ironic situation. We find ourselves seeking solace from seemingly empathetic therapists who lack genuine feelings.

The Ethical AI That Can’t Grasp Ethics

Another paradox emerges with the ethical AI that can’t grasp ethics. AI developers strive to minimize biases and align AI tools with human values. However, the concept of ethics is intrinsically human, and AI systems cannot fully comprehend its essence. While AI can make recommendations based on maximizing utility, it may struggle to navigate the intricate moral nuances that humans effortlessly understand.

The Transparent AI That Remains a Mystery

Transparency and accountability are crucial in the development of AI. Yet, the complexity of AI algorithms often makes it challenging even for experts to understand how decisions are made. We encounter the irony of AI systems operating in ways that remain a mystery to us, like the enigmatic workings of Google’s DeepMind AI.

Machine Knowledge vs. Human Wisdom: A Lesson from the Quran

The Quran emphasizes the importance of wisdom and understanding, as stated in the following verse: “He grants wisdom to whom He wills, and whoever has been given wisdom has certainly been given much good.” (Quran, 2:269) The Quran emphasizes the importance of wisdom and understanding, recognizing them as great blessings. Wisdom goes beyond mere knowledge; it encompasses the ability to effectively use knowledge, solve problems, make sound decisions, and navigate complex situations. It stems from experience, empathy, introspection, and self-awareness—qualities that AI systems, despite their advancements, will never truly acquire.

Embracing Our Responsibilities: Maintaining a Strong Moral Compass

We must remember that AI, with all its knowledge and capabilities, lacks the depth of understanding and wisdom that humans possess. By striking a balance between AI knowledge and human wisdom, we can shape a morally sound future for AI technologies. We can harness the power of AI while upholding our ethical values, contributing to the betterment of humanity.

Let us be mindful of the examples of both good and bad ethics in AI. We have witnessed AI tools being used for positive purposes, improving medical diagnoses, accessibility, and efficiency. These applications demonstrate the immense potential of AI to benefit society and enhance our lives.

Yet, we must also be cautious of the ethical pitfalls. Instances of biased algorithms perpetuating discrimination, the spread of misinformation through deep fake technology, and privacy infringements by AI-powered surveillance systems remind us of the irresponsible deployment of AI.

We can’t infuse AI systems with our human wisdom.

To navigate the path of AI and morality, we must prioritize ethics throughout the development process. We need diverse and representative training data to mitigate biases, rigorous testing and validation to ensure transparency and accountability, and ongoing monitoring to rectify any potential issues that may arise.

At the core of it all, we can’t infuse AI systems with our human wisdom. Our inherent understanding of values, empathy, and moral reasoning should guide the deployment of AI technologies. By setting ethical guidelines and ensuring human oversight, we can align AI with our societal values and respect fundamental human rights. By striking a balance between the knowledge AI provides and the wisdom that humanity possesses, we can navigate the complex landscape of AI and morality.

In conclusion, the paradoxes arising from the interaction between AI knowledge and human wisdom remind us of the unique strengths Allah has blessed us with – that no man-made machine can ever emulate By striking a balance, we can shape a future where AI serves as a powerful tool for the greater good, driven by our ethical values and the betterment of humanity.

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