UK - Artificial Intelligence Poses Greatest Threat

Arno Froese

Jim Al-Khalili, the incoming president of the British Science Association has warned that the advent of artificial intelligence (AI) is posing more threat than terrorism in the world. As per, Jim Al-Khalili, the progress of AI is more rapid than previously thought and as of now, no regulations are made in this sector so far. 

“Until maybe a couple of years ago had I been asked what is the most pressing and important conversation we should be having about our future, I might have said climate change or one of the other big challenges facing humanity, such as terrorism, antimicrobial resistance, the threat of pandemics or world poverty. But today I am certain the most important conversation we should be having is about the future of AI. It will dominate what happens with all of these other issues for better or for worse,” said Jim Al-Khalil, Forbes reports.

The new comments from Al-Khalil fall in line with a recent study report published by the researchers at the Cardiff University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The study found that robots powered by artificial intelligence could show discrimination based on factors like race and sex.

The research report also revealed that the concept of prejudice is not solely human-specific.

A few months back, SpaceX founder Elon Musk had said that the rise of artificial intelligence is dangerous, and he made it clear that it could finally emerge more dangerous than the nuclear weapons possessed by North Korea.

Amnesty International too issued a warning recently stating that artificial intelligence could murder humans., 10 September 2018

Arno's commentary

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is vastly overestimated on the one hand, and underestimated on the other hand. A computer, no matter how sophisticated, can only do what man puts into it. It reacts to the program written by man. Yet computers can become independent of man, although no definite scientific facts have been presented. A book published in 1999 titled When Things Start to Think by Neil Gershenfeld argues for possible independence of machines. Another book, Engines of Tomorrow, published in 2000 insists that the impossible can become possible.

The Bible does not give us detailed information except to unequivocally state that man’s machine will one day decide over life and death (see Revelation 13:14). In today’s world, when traveling internationally, the computer is the deciding factor. Even if you have a valid passport, it will have to be scanned, and only after the computer accepts it, is the person free to travel; otherwise he cannot.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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