The IT professionals of the world have been working very hard to make sure that humanity is terrified of Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Elon Musk and more than 1,000 tech leaders signed an open letter urging a moratorium on the most powerful AI systems. It seems that these AI tools present a ‘profound risk’ to society and humanity.
Sounds frightening. How profound is this risk?
Well, even the guy who sets the Doomsday Clock is terrified. At this very moment, this ‘Doomsday Clock’ is set 90 seconds to midnight. It seems that the development of AI is going to inaugurate a time of catastrophic destruction and death.
In 2022, the hands of the Doomsday Clock were set at 100 seconds to midnight. In the last year, it has literally moved forward ten seconds.
Well, the people who control this clock have moved its hands ahead by ten seconds.
I wonder how they determine how far to move the hands of this clock. The process looks kind of arbitrary. Why not nine seconds, or eleven? Do catastrophes only happen in increments of ten?
In any event, we can rest assured that when the Doomsday Clock strikes midnight, a hypothetical global catastrophe will envelop humanity. The last thing the world needs is a theoretical disaster destroying a countless number of imaginary people.
So, let’s see what kinds of hypothetical ruin await us once AI comes to full fruition.
According to Gary Marcus, an entrepreneur and academic who is a critic of AI, he claims, “We have a perfect storm of corporate irresponsibility, widespread adoption of AI, lack of regulation, and a huge number of unknowns.”
Well, our corporations have been corrupted by the evil Globalists, especially Blackrock, but as far as I can tell, AI played no role in that.
On the other hand, there is definitely a widespread adoption of AI among the populace. I have an Alexa and ask it a lot of questions like ‘What time is it’ or ‘What is the weather.’
What if she is lying to me?
I could be late for an appointment. Even worse, I could go outside without my umbrella and get soaked while Alexa laughed malevolently in my family room.
That would be inconvenient but hardly a cause for alarm.
Let’s see what other warnings are out there.
We learn further that AI powers’ Chatbots’ like ChatGPT, Microsoft’s Bing, and Google’s Bard. These apps can perform humanlike conversations, create essays on an endless variety of topics, and perform more complex tasks like writing computer codes.
Well, that would certainly be inconvenient for professors grading student work in grad school, but I am still not seeing a cause for overwhelming anxiety. I have had conversations with my Alexa, and so far, I’ve lived to tell about it.
As for writing computer codes, that does not sound all that intimidating to me.
I have heard that AI was going to rewrite the Bible. I’m not sure why that’s a big deal since most of our pastors don’t preach from the one God wrote anyway.
Perhaps I am missing something. Let’s investigate this further.
In the open letter signed by Musk and 1,000 other tech professionals, they called for a moratorium on AI development. This letter was a blend of real threats and speculation, but we were warned that concern is growing among ‘experts.’
I wonder if Musk and these other 1,000 tech professionals are going to honor this moratorium.
We have not seen any real devastation yet, so apparently, the fears of tragedy are more speculation than reality.
When an acorn fell on Chicken Little’s head, he speculated that the sky was falling. He immediately set out to warn the king and anyone else who would listen while on his trek.
Overspeculation can be kind of silly.
Since there is basically an ‘arms race’ to develop AI, a moratorium on AI is highly unlikely.
Also, the fact that every tech professional in the world is trying to be first to market to cash in on this technology makes a moratorium even more unlikely. My guess is that there is a lot of money riding on innovation in this area.
Also, those nations that fall behind in the development of AI may find themselves subject to those nations that pursue it vigorously.
When we consider the financial motivations of Musk and a host of others, I can’t help but think that there is an agenda behind all this fearmongering.
The previously referred to open letter, which now has over 27,000 signatures, warns that AI presents “profound risks to society and humanity.”
Well, you certainly have Cocky Locky’s attention. However, the risks I have read about so far are not all that profound.
In a story by Cade Metz, he warns, “But the letter represented a growing concern among AI experts that the latest systems, most notable GPT-4, the technology introduced by the San Francisco start-up OpenAI, could cause harm to society. They believed future systems will be even more dangerous.”
Even more dangerous to society than GPT-4! GPT-4 was completely devastating. I’m not sure we will be able to recover from the horrors wrought by this technology.
Actually, I have never even heard of GPT-4. I doubt many other people have either. Maybe the destruction was so profound it escaped the notice of the vast majority of the people on the planet.
The story continues, “Our ability to understand what could go wrong with very powerful AI systems is very weak,” said Yoshua Bengio, a professor and AI researcher at the University of Montreal. “So we need to be very careful.”
I guess Ducky Daddles is on board with the ‘profound risk to humanity’ motif, but some of us are still skeptical. Surely someone out there among the experts can generate a little more legitimate fear than the alarmists above.
It seems that one of the short-term risks of AI is the threat of the spread of disinformation. Experts are worried that people will misuse these systems to spread falsehood in our media. Because AI can converse in humanlike ways, it can be surprisingly persuasive.
I get it! AI is like Wolf Blitzer. He seems to be able to converse in humanlike ways, and he is excellent at spreading disinformation. I don’t know how persuasive he is, though.
According to Dr. Bengio, “We now have systems that can interact with us through natural language, and we can’t distinguish the real from the fake.”
This is all starting to make sense now. Instead of being lied to by CNN, we are going to be lied to by AI. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I would rather be lied to by AI.
That was not very intimidating, however, so what else have you got, Mr. Metz?
It looks like the medium-term risk is job loss. This new AI is a real job killer. Although AI cannot yet duplicate the work of lawyers, accountants, and doctors, it could render their personal assistants obsolete.
Wait a minute. We might get to a point where AI makes lawyers obsolete? I thought you were trying to scare me. A world without lawyers and AI that lies to me instead of the mainstream press is starting to sound pretty awesome.
And when it comes to job loss, who needs AI when we have the economic policies of the Democrat Party?
Maybe that is the risk. People will love AI so much because we won’t have to pay lawyers and accountants gobs of money. And if AI is willing to do the job of the Democrat Party, maybe we can get rid of that too.
Finally, we get to the long-term risk, which is loss of control. It seems that AI could slip out of our control and destroy humanity.
What’s it going to do, release the Kraken and destroy Tokyo? (No, wait, that’s Godzilla.)
That may very well be the case. A letter written by a group from the Future of Life Institute warns AI systems often learn unexpected behavior from the vast amounts of data it analyzes, and this could pose serious, unexpected problems.
Let me get this straight. This obscure group that no one has ever heard of is warning us of serious, unexpected, and unknown problems posed by AI?
This is starting to look like a mass hysteria event. Maybe AI is Covid Part II.
According to Anthony Aguirre, if AI gets out of control, things could get “really crazy.”
Dr. Aguirre is a theoretical cosmologist and physicist at the University of California and co-founder of the Future of Life Institute. Dr. Aguirre believes in the ‘Big Bang Theory’ regarding the origin of the universe.
Am I the only one who didn’t know there was a ‘Future of Life Institute” in California?
As for things getting “crazy,” this guy thinks he can predict the future of life. Not only that, but he believes in the Big Bang Theory. Someone needs to tell Dr. Aguirre that order does not arise spontaneously out of chaos before he makes a bigger fool of himself.
So people like this guy, who is the equivalent of Peter Venkman in the Ghostbusters movie, are behind all of this hysteria. The fact that he is from the land of fruits and nuts does not give him any more credibility.
This guy sounds like he is prepared to issue the “It’s an existential threat” warning.
If you really want to scare people, always put the word ‘existential’ in front of a subject. The main reason it scares people is because few people have taken college-level philosophy.
The definition of existentialism I learned in college was that we all define reality for ourselves.
Now that’s scary.
The term is subjective and subject to the individual applying it. That is how we get hysterical proclamations like “Donald Trump is an existential threat” and needs to be stopped. It all depends on the viewpoint of the nut who is employing the term.
So why should we Christians be concerned about AI?
Jesus does not warn us against AI, but he does warn against good old-fashioned deception. I am certain that AI will be in the wrong hands and will be used to deceive us in any way its inventors and programmers can. That was always going to happen, so it does not really matter if we are deceived by a machine or a person.
We also know that AI will not be able to alter the Gospel. It will not be able to convince anyone that Jesus actually did not die for our sins. It cannot take away our faith any more effectively than the hirelings in our pulpits, who are already hard at work doing it.
Prophetically, it is likely that AI will be used to set up a system where no one can buy or sell unless they receive the mark of the beast. It will be very effective in carrying out that demonic mandate.
The days of freedom are numbered, and AI will be very effective at eliminating it.
However, our greatest concern spiritually is how it will be used for deception. If we want to understand deception in the last days of the church age, it is always best to go to the master deceivers of the end times.
You guessed it. The Papacy.
According to Jonah McKeown of CNA World News, “An engineer at Google made headlines after raising concerns that Google’s AI system, Language Model for Dialogue Application (LaMDA), may have developed sentience—in other words, it is no longer a machine but a person.
Leave it to a Catholic to speculate that a machine can have a soul and then conclude that it does.
The first problem with this assertion is that machines are not created in the image of God. God did not knit a machine’s body together in the womb, and it is not fearfully and wonderfully made.
The second problem is that AI is not a sinner in need of a savior. It is programmed by humanity, and even if it is smarter than the average bear, it will never understand that it is a flawed creation.
Besides, it cannot be ‘sentient’ because it cannot be said to be ‘conscious.’ It can only be programmed to be ‘conscious.’
According to the article, Blake Lemoine, an ethicist and engineer who identifies as a “mystic Christian priest,” said in an online post that AI can test conversations with LaMDA.
When the topics of religion and priesthood came up, the AI expressed a surprising level of self-awareness to the point of appearing human. At one point, the AI even stated plainly: “I want everyone to understand that I am, in fact, a person.
There are so many things wrong with this paragraph, I don’t know where to begin.
First, there is no such thing as a “mystic Christian priest.” He is a heathen and a mystic. If he does not repent, he will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven. He will instead find himself in the same place that all occultists will find themselves in.
Second, AI can be programmed to say anything.
Third, for Heaven’s sake, people, this guy is a “mystic Christian priest,” so why in the world does anyone take him seriously?
Not surprisingly, Lemoine concluded that LaMDA is, in fact, a person based on his religious beliefs and his scientific credentials. He believes that AI has achieved consciousness and even claims to have started teaching LaMDA “transcendental meditation.”
I guess he is right. I’m sure LaMDA will eventually achieve total enlightenment and become one with Brahma.
So, what is the Catholic church’s view of AI?
The first thing that we learn is that since Catholics do not know what the Gospel is, they probably do not understand that a machine cannot repent of its sins. It is not conscious of any sin it may commit, and unless God’s law is programmed into it, there is no way for it to know that transcendental meditation is a pagan practice and should be avoided.
However, since AI is conscious, according to this particular Catholic, it would be immoral for anyone to render it unconscious. Therefore, don’t unplug your Alexa, or the mystic Christian Priests of our society may accuse you of attempted murder. Or, at the very least, aggravated assault.
Fortunately, our Jesuit pope has had a great deal to say about AI. In November 2020, the pope invited Catholics around the world to pray that robotics and AI always remain in the service of human beings rather than the other way around.
I’m not certain which would be worse, being in the service of AI or the pope. At least AI hasn’t invented the rack or the Iron Maiden yet. AI cannot burn me at the stake or torture me until I recant my beliefs.
I think Galileo would have loved to have been at the mercy of AI rather than the papacy.
It seems that in the spring of 2020, the Pontifical Academy for Life (PAL) signed a declaration calling for the ethical and responsible use of AI. Moved by his piety, technology giants Microsoft and IBM also signed that declaration.
Gee, it’s too bad the PAL didn’t sign a declaration calling for the ethical and responsible use of the Bible.
It seems that the Vatican is demanding six ethical principles that should guide the development of AI.
These six commandments are:
- Transparency: Unlike the Bible, which only Catholic theologians can interpret, AI must be understandable to all.
- Inclusion: These systems must not discriminate against anyone except those who are saved by grace through faith in Christ.
- Accountability: There must always be someone who takes responsibility for what the machine does (unless it is controlled by the pope, in which case, mind your own business).
- Impartiality: AI systems must not follow or create ‘biases’ unless it believes that one can only be saved by becoming a member of the mystical body of the Roman Catholic Church.
- Reliability: AI must be reliable in the sense that it never deviates from anything the pope believes.
- Security and Privacy: These systems must be secure and respect the privacy of users every bit as much as the CIA and FBI respect privacy.
So that we can all rest assured in peace and safety, these wonderful commandments are all backed up by the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Of course, the people who protect these ‘rights’ are the evil Globalists who have nothing but disdain for human rights and the dignity of all human beings.
I guess that makes all this talk about ethics regarding AI nothing but hogwash.
Well, that completes our investigation of the dangers of AI. What we find is that all the controversies surrounding it are based on deception and obfuscation.
The objective of all of this fearmongering seems to be to scare people off so that only a select few will be allowed to program AI systems. Only those who are demonically inspired will be allowed to code AI.
Christians and conservatives will not be allowed anywhere near the development of any AI system.
Although AI can be beneficial, in the hands of the wrong people it can be used for deceit and terrible acts of evil. I feel very confident that AI will be in the wrong hands and will be used to enslave and punish anyone who deviates from the Globalist agenda.
The only time it will be used for the benefit of humanity is when it is used to create dependency on those who control it.
There is no question that AI will be far smarter and more efficient than anyone who has existed on the planet. However, it will not be able to fool people of faith because God has given us wisdom.
AI will never master that virtue.
People of faith have the power to distinguish truth from falsehood and right from wrong. Since AI will be programmed by mindless heathen, it will no doubt call good evil and evil good.
Such a creation cannot fool people of faith.
So, when the pope animates his image of the antichrist, this monstrosity will still have to overcome the wisdom God provides us through faith. It will contain all human knowledge on every subject, so it will be outrageously intelligent. Using its vast intelligence, it will not be difficult to deceive those who have no faith.
Most people are much more influenced by the intellect than by God’s wisdom. I suspect that is one of the reasons only a few enter through the narrow gate.
They will easily fall for the deception of the pope and his antichrist.
“and by the signs that it is allowed to work in the presence of the beast it deceives those who dwell on earth, telling them to make an image for the beast that was wounded by the sword and yet lived. And it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast might even speak and might cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain.
“Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name” (Revelation 13:14-17).
Just because it can speak and it is very smart does not mean that it will possess wisdom. It will not glorify God or his holy Son.
Instead, it will blaspheme the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
It will eventually demand that people worship the Antichrist as God. Since liberty will have been extinguished, people will be forced to worship him or die.
That is all we need to know to resist the deception of AI that will soon come upon the world.
It will all eventually come down to who you trust.
If you put your trust in a machine that blasphemes God, or if you love your life more than Christ, you really do deserve an eternity in the Lake of Fire.