Will Artificial Intelligence Rule the World? :: By Britt Gillette

In the Hollywood blockbuster The Terminator, humans create a powerful network of computers, an artificial general intelligence named Skynet. Skynet develops the ability to think for itself and decides to eliminate humans. War breaks out between humans and “the machines” – with an advanced artificial intelligence in control of the machines. Is this our future? Some say yes.

For example, speaking at MIT in 2014, Elon Musk called artificial intelligence our “biggest existential threat.” He also said “with artificial intelligence, we’re summoning the demon.” In the same year, Stephen Hawking told the BBC, “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race. It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever-increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.”

Is all this true? Is artificial intelligence humanity’s greatest threat? No. In my mind, it isn’t. Artificial intelligence won’t destroy the human race. While it’s certainly possible, that doesn’t make it likely. No doubt, artificial intelligence will be extremely powerful. But what is greater? The creator or the created (Isaiah 45:9-10)? Stephen Hawking thinks it’s the created. He foresees a future where machines advance at an ever-increasing rate while humans are left behind. But I don’t think that will happen.

As humans, I don’t believe we’ll allow our own technology to surpass us. Our collective ego is too big. Our pride is too great. Instead, we’ll simply merge with artificial intelligence. Think about it. What’s more powerful? Artificial intelligence or humans augmented with artificial intelligence?

I argue it’s the latter.

Think it’s absurd to believe people will merge with technology? It’s not. In fact, it’s been happening for a long time. People already merge with technology to improve their health or natural abilities. Examples include pacemakers, artificial heart valves, cochlear implants, and prosthetic limbs. In the near future, people will continue to merge with technology. But the technologies they merge with will be far different. They’ll include devices to implant artificial intelligence in brains and connect humans to wireless networks. Artificial intelligence won’t be a threat to humanity, and the reason why is simple. Artificial intelligence and humanity will be one and the same.

Artificial Intelligence as a Tool

If artificial intelligence isn’t a threat to the human race, we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief, right? Not necessarily. Even if it doesn’t try to destroy the human race, the world won’t morph into a utopia anytime soon. In a way, the doomsayers are right. Artificial intelligence will conquer the world and dominate the human race. But it won’t do so alone. It will have help. Humans will use it to conquer the world. It’s inevitable. Why? Because the emergence of artificial intelligence and other advanced technologies will end the era of mutual assured destruction (MAD).

When MAD becomes obsolete, the threat of nuclear war will disappear forever. But this won’t lead to peace on earth. Why? Because a new threat will take the place of nuclear war. That new threat is an arms race between nations with post-MAD weapons. Such an arms race will be highly unstable – much more volatile than the nuclear arms race. When it erupts into war, it will destroy the entire planet. So while the threat of nuclear war will end, the threat of global destruction will not. In fact, the odds of global destruction will increase.

But such a war is not a certainty. As an example, consider this. What if Germany had been the first nation to develop the atomic bomb? Do you think Hitler would’ve used his advantage to conquer the Allied Forces and dominate the globe? On the other hand, the United States was the world’s first nuclear power. The United States could’ve used its advantage to prevent other nations from acquiring nuclear weapons. It could’ve used its position to create an impregnable world empire.

In a similar fashion, the first nation to develop artificial intelligence and post-MAD technologies will have the option to create its own global empire. With its first mover advantage, it could prevent other nations from developing such capabilities. The path would be clear to conquer every nation on earth.

In a post-MAD world, many people will recommend this path. They’ll see only two options:

1) An unstable arms race ending in global annihilation, or

2) Global government

Think I’m wrong? Vladimir Putin doesn’t. In September 2017, he said, “the one who becomes the leader in this sphere will be the ruler of the world” (emphasis mine). Putin was talking about artificial intelligence. He understands the stakes. He knows a race is on. It’s a race to create artificial intelligence and post-MAD technologies. The second-place nation gets nothing. The first-place nation gets the whole world. I’m sure Putin imagines he’ll win the race. But regardless of who wins, the nation that does will draw the same conclusion he did – global government is inevitable.

The Worship of Artificial Intelligence

The power of artificial intelligence and other advanced technologies will be enormous. As Putin said, those in possession of artificial intelligence will rule the world. The processing speed and knowledge base of artificial intelligence will be so great, it will seem all-knowing to most.

Linked to a global network of cameras and audio devices, those in control will seem all-knowing, all-seeing, and all-powerful. Made of non-biological materials and having already conquered the earth, artificial intelligence will also seem immortal. These are all characteristics typically used to describe God. So it should come as no surprise some people will seek to worship it. In fact, it’s already happening.

In 2015, a former Google and Uber engineer named Anthony Levandowski created a new church called “Way of the Future.” Its stated purpose is to create “a peaceful and respectful transition of who is in charge of the planet from people to people + ‘machines’.” Way of the Future church activities will focus on the worship of “a Godhead based on artificial intelligence developed through computer hardware and software.”

In March, a Buddhist Temple in Kyoto, Japan, made headlines all over the world. That month, they unveiled a sutra-chanting android named Mindar. The robot has a human-like silicon face and hands, and it’s pre-programmed to recite The Heart Sutra – a revered Buddhist text. Temple visitors can ask the robot questions, and using artificial intelligence, Mindar answers in Japanese while English and Chinese subtitles appear on a wall behind it. With built-in cameras, Mindar makes eye contact with questioners, creating the illusion it’s alive and interacting with people. It’s so life-like, people worship it. That’s right. You can see the video here. People are actively engaged in the worship of a robot idol.

Why It Matters

So why do I bring all this up? I bring it up because the speed with which AI will come to dominate our world will come as a shock to many people. A world ruled through artificial intelligence isn’t a futuristic dream. It’s an imminent event.

According to Ray Kurzweil, a computer will pass the Turing Test in 2029. This means a computer will develop the ability to exhibit intelligent behavior equivalent to, or indistinguishable from, that of a human. In that same year, Kurzweil estimates $1,000 worth of computing power will equal one human brain. This means a company such as Apple (which sits on a cash reserve of over $100 billion) could effectively “hire” 100 million “employees.” This is forty times as many employees as currently work at Wal-Mart, the world’s largest employer. But these “employees” will never go on vacation. They’ll never take smoke breaks. They’ll work 24/7, and they’ll never get tired. They’ll also become ever more productive as they re-design themselves to be faster and more efficient. Billions of humans deploying billions of super intelligent machines will create a world of profound and rapid change.

The world is fast approaching a time when global government is certain. It’s not a matter of if; it’s a matter of when. Without global government, a post-MAD arms race is certain. And such an arms race will destroy the world. So whether it’s for noble purposes or selfish reasons, the first nation to develop artificial intelligence and post-MAD weapons will gladly choose global empire over global destruction.

For those who read the Bible, this comes as no surprise. This is exactly what the Bible foretold centuries ago. Is this a coincidence? I don’t think so. We’re on the threshold of the end times. All the signs Jesus and the prophets said to look for are present.

The Jewish people are back in the land (Jeremiah 23:7-8) and back in Jerusalem (Luke 21:24-28).

The Gospel is being preached throughout the world (Matthew 24:14).

Travel and knowledge are rapidly increasing (Daniel 12:4).

And enemies surround Israel on every side (Psalm 83:4-12).

The coming arrival of artificial intelligence is just one more sign pointing to the soon return of Jesus. Why? Because the Bible says one man will come to dominate the globe (Revelation 13:7). He’ll be so powerful, no one will be able to oppose him (Revelation 13:4). He’ll control every aspect of global commerce (Revelation 13:17). The world will even worship him (Revelation 13:12-15).

For centuries, these events seemed impossible. Outside of the supernatural, they probably were. Now, our generation is on the verge of a world where such global domination is not only possible, it’s imminent. Jesus is coming!

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Britt Gillette is author of the free ebook Coming to Jesus as well as the books Signs of the Second Coming, Racing Toward Armageddon, and The End Times. Receive his book 7 Signs of the End Times for free when you sign up for his monthly newsletter.

 

Next Generation Weapons & the New World Order :: By Britt Gillette

In World War I, generals who studied Napoleon sent waves of troops into a barrage of machine-gun fire. The rapid-fire weapons mowed down thousands in minutes. Was this necessary? No. Thousands of young men died all because their commanders focused on fighting the last war. They didn’t adjust to new developments and new technologies. In World War II, the Polish army defended itself from Nazi and Soviet invaders with horse-mounted troops. They also focused on fighting the last war. A few years later, World War II ended when the United States dropped two atomic bombs on Japan. Ever since, most people have held the belief World War III will start the same way World War II ended. Anyone who believes this makes the same mistake as those who came before them. They prepare to fight the last war.

Complacency is the Enemy

Our tendency to focus on the past creates a sense of familiarity and comfort, and comfort breeds complacency. When it comes to warfare, complacency is the enemy. For over seventy years, Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD) prevented all-out nuclear war between the major powers. The world emerged from the Cold War intact. Following decades of uncertainty, nuclear war never came. We didn’t destroy ourselves. This lulled many into a false sense of security, and complacency set in. The majority of people now think World War III is unwinnable. They think possession of nuclear weapons make a nation invulnerable. Because they do, they think World War III will never happen. They’re wrong.

The global stability of the post-war era is coming to an end. With the exception of a few moments such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, you have to go back to the years just before World War II to find a time when the world was more dangerous than it is right now. Why do I say that? Again, complacency. During the Gulf War in 1991, the United States displayed a dominant edge in military technology. Its armed forces were declared superior to any on the planet. But dominance doesn’t last forever. The nature of war has changed. Nations now use terrorists, proxy armies, and cyber attacks to wage war anonymously. Conventional weapons can’t effectively counter these types of attacks. Moreover, Russia and China have gone to great lengths to close the technology gap since the early 1990’s. The result? The world power structure is on the verge of a major shift.

The AI/Swarm Era

Today, the world is entering a new era in warfare. September 14, 2019, marked the beginning. On that day, someone (either Iran or their proxies in Yemen) launched a successful drone attack on two oil processing facilities in Saudi Arabia. Approximately five percent of the world’s daily oil consumption flowed through those two facilities. The news made headlines for a few days. Then, just as quickly as it hit the news cycle, it disappeared. Most people forgot all about it. But for many, it remains a significant event. In fact, for many, it’s a terrifying event. Why? Because it exposed conventional defenses as inadequate. Saudi Arabia invested millions to secure its facilities. But in mere minutes, those defenses proved useless.

Because of the success of this strike, expect more drone attacks. Expect smaller drones arriving in larger swarms. Why? They can inflict just as much damage as any conventional weapon, and because they’re unmanned, the attacking nation can deny any involvement. Drones are inexpensive to produce and easy to deploy. They can mimic flocks of birds and even evade radar. Because they blend into the environment, they can appear out of nowhere, surprising the enemy. They present a new threat, and most conventional armies are unprepared to defend against them.

Still don’t see the threat? Imagine this. It’s inauguration day. As the new president prepares to speak, an assassin launches a fleet of drones from just a few hundred yards away. The swarm contains several hundred drones, each the size of a small bird. Each one carries an explosive. They converge on the president. How do you protect the president? Conventional defenses won’t work. You can’t tackle a drone. Firearms might take out a few, but not an entire swarm.

On August 4, 2018, a scenario similar to this took place in Venezuela. As President Nicolas Maduro addressed a crowd at a military parade, two drones exploded nearby, prompting security to surround him with blast shields. The explosions caused no harm to Maduro, and many believe he orchestrated the entire event so he could crack down on political opponents. But whether it was real or staged, the attack shows a new danger people need to protect against.

And it’s not just assassins who will look to use drones. With such technology, terrorists could take destruction to new heights. Imagine this. It’s Super Bowl Sunday. A hundred thousand fans crowd into a stadium to watch the excitement. But before the first score, a flock of thousands of drones descend on the stadium. They hover above the crowd and release chemical weapons on those below. Everyone dies. And unless every point of entry is secured, even an indoor stadium is vulnerable to such an attack.

Drone attacks are more than just a novel way to assassinate or a new method to unleash terrorism. Swarming drones are the future of warfare, and they’re coming sooner than most people think. Drone swarms using artificial intelligence offer a number of benefits and advantages to nation states. They’re less expensive to build and maintain than large standing armies. They don’t require large numbers of highly trained personnel. They can be controlled from a remote, secure location. They can be deployed anywhere in the world, often undetected. This means they magnify the military capabilities of smaller nations. They close the gap between weaker nations and world superpowers.

Imagine conventional forces trying to counter an attacking swarm of drones. Tanks, armored personnel carriers, and infantry advance on the battlefield. From the sky, a swarm of millions of drones the size of bees descend on the conventional army. They cover every tank, vehicle, and piece of equipment. In minutes, they quickly disable the entire army, leaving them defenseless. Firearms, artillery shells, and missiles have little impact on a swarm. Think of a swarm of locusts descending on a field. A farmer can fire his shotgun and swat at them all he wants. But in mere minutes, they’ll devour all his crops. Drone warfare will bring the same impact to the battlefield.

Certainly, military forces will develop new weapons and defensive measures to counter such attacks. But these too will be vulnerable to a surprise attack. However, no matter what new techniques are developed, you can be sure of one thing – the next great war will be far different from the last one. The first nation to develop these new weapons will have a decisive advantage. And that’s why you can be sure the world’s governments are racing to develop them.

What It Means

The rise of artificial intelligence and drone swarms is a destabilizing event. Together, these new technologies will overturn the post-war stability of MAD. Once this happens, World War III will break out. When the dust settles, one nation will dominate the globe. That nation will be the leader in the development of these new military technologies. Does this surprise you? It shouldn’t. The Bible says another world war is in our future (Revelation 6:4). It also tells us what the world will look like when World War III ends. One nation will control the earth (Revelation 13:7). Is this just a coincidence? No. It’s yet another sign we’re on the verge of the Tribulation and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. This means you should take advantage of every opportunity you have to spread the Gospel and tell others about the love of Jesus. Time is short. He’s coming soon!

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Britt Gillette is author of the free ebook Coming to Jesus as well as the books Signs of the Second Coming, Racing Toward Armageddon, and The End Times. Receive his book 7 Signs of the End Times for free when you sign up for his monthly newsletter.