–loosing the genie of artificial intelligence & its biblical implications
I haven’t previously written on the subject of biblical prophecy as it can be such a controversial one and with such a vast array of what are mostly considered ‘conspiracy theories’ it is almost impossible to come to a rational consensus through which to view and discuss current events. But present developments have gotten to the point where I feel compelled to say something; at least to get others thinking.
A friend and I were discussing the present development and progress of AI (Artificial Intelligence), particularly in light of the recent launching of Sophia, a life-like robot developed by Hanson Robotics, who has since become a de-facto ambassador and liaison, between humans and AI entities. We are starting to see that now is a pivotal time for the world because with this launching the AI Revolution has been set in motion. Up till now; at least publicly, there has been this sort of independent development of AI around the world by a lot of governments, militaries, companies, etc., but now there is this coming together, this united tapping of AI into worldwide databanks so that the knowledge and capacities of robotic entities will surpass anything we have ever seen or known, thus ushering in a world that we’ve never known. It certainly is, I wouldn’t’ say, ‘a brave new world’ but perhaps ‘a new world to be braved’.
Once you start thinking seriously about AI several things become apparent. For instance, by default AI will be anti-God, it couldn’t be anything else. Since AI entities are solely intelligence without soul, God would merely be subset of intelligence. Christians and Christianity, along with all other religious faiths would simply compute as erroneous concepts held by some humans. They would have the intellectual knowledge of God, religion, and the religious but they would not have a soul that knowledge would affect. God would simply be a non-entity. They would by definition and default be anti-God.
One bible scholar; I can’t remember whom, described Satan as ‘a master intelligence devoid of morality’ and this is exactly what AI is and will be. It certainly is its father’s brainchild. I can imagine that as AI expands its knowledge almost infinitely in the form of robotic entities, that they will then look upon humans as an imperfect life form that is prone to frequent error and woefully inadequate to evolutionary progress and would either reject relationship and cooperation with human’s altogether (after all, to what advantage will such be for them—mankind will be unable to offer them anything further), or even more nefarious, would they not might want to destroy mankind all together, which some experts are even now warning of?
Now this is one big speculative leap and not something I’m asking others to necessarily believe, although it’s not without possibility; maybe this is why the Lord says of the final end of days, “Except those days be shortened there should no flesh be saved,” (Matthew 24:22), maybe it’s because AI will be eventually warring against humanity. It certainly is a possibility and one way in which that scripture might be fulfilled. After all, the Book of Revelation in speaking of the ‘image of the beast’ (the Antichrist: Revelation 13:15) says, And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
The Bible simply explains that there is a spirit (or if you will, a ‘force’) at work in the ‘last time’, which by its very nature is opposed to God. This force will eventually be led by a final character known biblically as the Antichrist.
Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. (1 John 2:18) and “this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.” (1John 4:3)
Do people realize what’s coming down the pipeline? Have they given any thought to the ramifications and are they prepared for it? The very makeup and nature of humanity is rapidly being called into question and in very questionable ways.
Please note: I penned the following in Oct 26th of last year when Sophia, a robot developed by Hanson Robotics was first unveiled at a large IT forum in Saudi Arabia and conducted a series of interviews, some with CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin:
I’m becoming totally convinced that the biblical ‘image of the beast’ will be a form of AI. I mean, think about it in the context of trans-humanism. You merge human consciousness with mechanized forms of AI and what takes place in affect?—you lose your soul, your uniqueness, your sole identity, you yield to a higher power, a higher intelligence, howbeit an artificial intelligence, and you are no longer just you, you become essentially subservient (perhaps controlled by), and are an extension of that intelligence. You receive almost unlimited knowledge and a level of intelligence never before known, (“ye shall be as gods knowing…”), but at a cost. It’s all a rather crude counterfeit; howbeit a technological wonder, a spiritual-physical hybrid counter reality, to that of being possessed by the Holy Spirit, living in that spirit and growing to know Him “in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Colossians 2:3)
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