In my last post on this subject just the very basics of AI were discussed—along with the suggestion that AI may take over the world! In this post we will try to project the future of AI and show you the dangers ahead—and even show how AI fits into biblical prophecy.
Before we start, however, I want to assure all Christians that we need not be afraid of any of this stuff. Through it all, God will protect us and comfort us if we stay close to Him. And before the real bad stuff gets here—with the antichrist—we will be raptured, taken to heaven into glory!
THE PRESENT AND FUTURE DANGERS OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
As I see it, there are at least four dangerous problems with AI:
1. Any defect in the data will be transferred to the AI. The old saying, garbage in garbage out is true not only for computers and humans, but also for AI. Since AI learns from the data we feed it, any inaccuracies or ethical defects in the data will be transferred to the AI product. Since AI does not have a soul or a conscience to judge between good or bad, moral or immoral, I would think that any data impute into the AI machine would be considered correct and reliable to the AI. Hence, if the data we feed it is full of lies and immorality, I’m not sure what kind of AI we will get.
2. Humans are not able to keep up with AI’s calculations. Since AI machines have been taught to generate their own algorithms, these algorithms have become so advanced that they are too complex for humans to code or understand. We simply don’t know how to track or keep up with these powerful, complex systems. And we haven’t figured out yet how to ask AI machines how to explain how or why it arrives at the answer it did. This problem has become huge in the military. If AI fighting machines, like tanks, planes and ships, suddenly learn how to swarm and kill the enemy, it would be nice to know how or why they did it. We need to maintain control to make sure at all times that these machines will not suddenly decide to turn on us!
It has become a growing concern that we need to find ways of making the AI learning process more understandable to the human creators. There has been some success, but not nearly enough. Some have suggested that if companies aren’t able to give explanations of how AI systems work, we may be forced to “take a leap of faith” and just accept that AI’s know what they are doing. Really??
3. The problem of privacy. Many don’t realize that our computer devices are more and more turning into AI instruments. Our cell phones and many of our information computers (Suri, and Alexia) have listening and tracking capabilities. These companies are recording and listening to your conversations. If you go on Google, and especially if you have a Google account, they also are tracking you. It is their goal to find out everything about you.
4. The doom of mankind. Did you know that some of our most brilliant thinkers and scientists are warning us against the angers of AI? Stephen Hawking has said, “AI could spell the end of the human race.” He Also said, “AI’s impact depends on who controls it…whether it can be controlled at all.”
Elan Musk inferred that the world’s interest in AI is like “summoning the demon.”
Finally, a British inventor said that “AI will doom mankind.”
THE WORSHIP OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
Lately, in just the last few years many have been fascinated by and hooked on all the conveniences that AI brings them. Just about everyone has the most modern cell phones—with so many conveniences at their fingertips. And most people don’t use regular maps anymore when they drive. They depend on GPS units—A global positioning system, which is a satellite-based navigation system with AI components. The most recent AI devices on the market are those called Alexa, Siri and Echo. You can talk to them and ask them any question and get an answer, the correct answer.
Soon I suppose many of us will have our own robot friends that look like real people. A robot named Sophia is becoming quite popular, especially in Saudi Arabia among the youth. They just love her.
What is going on with the world? Why all the craze over AI devices? I think it is because people just love being pampered. They are awed by the convenience, and they are hooked. In short, they are in love with themselves.
This is what Paul has warned us about in 2 Timothy 3:2, that “in the last days, men will be lovers of self.” Yes, we love ourselves so much, and that is why we crave so much self-pampering. We need to be entertained constantly don’t we? And with AI we don’t even have to give anything back. We just take it all in and relax.
Well, people who love AI pampering will be glad to know that a man named Anthony Levandowski has just begun a new AI religion called Way of the Future. This bran new religion is based in the Silicon Valley where Mr. Levandowski plans to “build working relationships with AI industry leaders and create a membership…targeting AI professionals and laypersons who are interested in the worship of a Godhead based on AI.” Levandowski has said that “what is going to be created will effectively be a god.”
Another bizarre AI development, which has really been going on for almost a century, is the science of Transhumanism—which is making humans into super humans, or to make a part man/part machine being, maybe something like the Borg (in Star trek). Why would anyone want that? I suppose if people come to worship AI they will do almost anything. If they become an AI machine they may reason that they will be like a god—a god to be worshiped.
THE FUTURE GLOBAL GOVERNMENT USE OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
During the 7-year Tribulation, headed by the antichrist, there is no doubt that he will use AI to control the people of the world. Revelation 13: 15-17 tells us,
And there was given to him [the Antichrist] to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast might even speak and cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed. 16 And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand, or on their forehead, 17 and he provides that no one should be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name.
Therefore, the antichrist will have an image made of himself, and obviously it will be made in order to control the world and to keep them worshipping him. Since we have AI robots now that can speak, we should have no doubt that this image that can speak (v. 5), will also be an AI robot, which will be even more advanced than Sophia.
Government control at that time will be unbelievably ridged. Everybody will be micro managed through the use of a “mark” either on their right hand or forehead. I suspect that it will be some kind of an AI computer chip embedded under the skin that will have the intelligence capability to monitor everything about every person. And to make sure that all people have this chip in them they will not be able to buy or sell anything without it.