Revelation 13:14-15 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. (15) 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.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is well known in a general sense to most people through science fiction movies. But what is it really, and how does it work? Does an artificially intelligent computer or robot mean that it is sentient, that is, aware of itself? If not, what’s the difference between artificial intelligence and self-awareness? AI is all the rage; large corporations are pouring billions into creating computers and robots that can recognize patterns and think for themselves.
Prominent scientists like Stephen Hawking, Nick Bostron, Elton Musk, Lord Rees, and even Bill Gates all have sounded the alarm over the potential risk of AI, naming it as the biggest threat to humanity that they can foresee. Lord Rees, who once was head of the Royal Society, even founded the “Centre for the Study of Existential Risk” to deal with the AI threat, which Musk called, “summoning the demon.” Those Hollywood movies (from the original “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” with Vger, to the recent Ultron of “The Avengers”) which show sentient machines deciding that mankind is merely an inferior species to be eliminated aren’t necessarily all fantasy. But even if we never get to the point of having a Vger out to destroy the carbon-based infestation on planet Earth, there are more certain threats just around the corner because of AI, and robots which develop their own language so that they can speak to one another without human intervention is a step toward that end… read more