Final-days’ Fiction Becoming Fact :: By Terry James

If we didn’t understand that God is in complete control, we would, like some inventors of artificial intelligence (AI), be terrified of what is coming.

Some of those scientists have openly expressed their fears of what this burgeoning technological breakthrough portends. These believe, in some cases, that the monster is already beyond governing, as we’ve seen from past reports. Things haven’t slowed as that beast continues to grow exponentially.

And it’s getting more and more complex and controlling, according to the very scientific community who spawned it, as stated above.

Perhaps strictly in terms of danger to the continuation of civilization, we can think on an old film called Colossus: The Forbin Project.

It was a made-for-TV movie, as I remember. It was, I considered at the time, a really good sci-fi story that might come to be in reality—but only far, far into the future. Well… we have advanced into that future, and it appears, as is said, that life mimics art—or is on the cusp of doing so.

Colossus: The Forbin Project was about a scientist who worked within the US government to produce a computer-run system involving control of nuclear defensive weaponry. The system was designed to automatically respond with a counter-strike in case of an attack from the Soviet Union, China, or any other nation that might launch a first strike.

Colossus, through its own manipulations, became a sentient entity—i.e., it could think and even emote in certain ways, mimicking the human cognitive process in geometrically-progressing ways. It quickly removed controls by its creator, Dr. Forbin, and began taking over, eventually telling all governmental and military people that it would take drastic, even deadly, actions if they didn’t obey its directives.

After being handed full control, Colossus’ Draconian logic expanded on its original nuclear directives to assume total governance of the world and end all warfare for the good of humankind despite its creator’s orders to stop.

The bottom line: Colossus, it was learned, had a counterpart the Soviets had created. Colossus demanded that it be linked with the Soviet counterpart computer or it would unleash nuclear holocaust.

The national leaders had no choice and linked the two computer brains. The combined entity proceeded to totally control all human activity. If the entity was assaulted in any way by the humans, it would destroy the world with the nuclear weaponry it controlled.

I’ll let you watch that 1970 movie to see how it all ended (check your streaming services to find out where it’s available). The point is, a number of scientists who created AI fear perhaps they and the rest of us might suffer the fate of the fictional Dr. Forbin and his fellow people of the planet.

We learn of “progress,” as some might see it, with regard to artificial intelligence’s military application at present.

The US Air Force is running successful tests of “large-language model” artificial intelligence experiments amid concerns of military operations relying on AI.

[US. Air Force Col. Matthew Strohmeyer has indicated] the Air Force has successfully executed a large-language model experiment with artificial intelligence for the first time, after years of using only data-based exercises with artificial intelligence under the U.S. Department of Defense.

“It was highly successful,” he said. “It was very fast. We are learning that this is possible for us to do.”…

Strohmeyer explained that the military provided the artificial intelligence platforms with classified operation information for the test. The goal of the ongoing exercises is to allow the U.S. military to use data obtained from artificial intelligence as part of the decision-making process, sensors, and firepower, according to Bloomberg…

The Pentagon’s eight-week exercise, which is expected to conclude on July 26, will also involve a test to determine whether the military will be able to use LLMS to formulate new military options that have not previously been considered. As part of this, the U.S. military will conduct an experiment with the LLMs in order to plan for a potential military response to a global crisis, such as an incident in the Indo-Pacific region…

While Strohmeyer highlighted the potential benefits of the military using additional artificial intelligence, other military officials and lawmakers have concerns regarding artificial intelligence. These concerns include the ability for artificial intelligence to provide false information as fact and the ability for artificial intelligence to be hacked by other users.

“We have to be very concerned with what we talked about, which is the unintended consequences,” retired Air Force Maj. Gen. William Enyart said last month. (“US military giving artificial intelligence classified operation info,” Timothy Frudd, American Military News, 7/9/23)

We who believe God’s forewarning that one man and one system will, during the Tribulation, control most of the world’s population can discern that the Antichrist will have a Colossus-like entity to help inflict the nefarious worst to torment humanity. It is coming at this generation at breakneck speed, as daily reports of AI technological advancement continue despite its creators’ warnings.

It is our blessed hope and belief that before the New World Order types can complete their blueprint for world domination, Jesus will call His own to be with Himself and to safety from that horrendous seven-year period of Tribulation (Luke 24:21).

You don’t want to be here during that time. Here is how to be called by Christ to the safety God offers His children:

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10: 9-10).