UK - Dangers of Artificial Intelligence

Arno Froese

A man widely seen as the godfather of artificial intelligence (AI) has quit his job, warning about the growing dangers from developments in the field. 

Geoffrey Hinton, 75, announced his resignation from Google in a statement to the New York Times, saying he now regretted his work. 

He told the BBC some of the dangers of AI chatbots were “quite scary.”

“Right now, they’re not more intelligent than us, as far as I can tell. But I think they soon may be.”

In artificial intelligence, neural networks are systems that are similar to the human brain in the way they learn and process information. They enable AIs to learn from experience, as a person would. This is called deep learning.

The British-Canadian cognitive psychologist and computer scientist told the BBC that chatbots could soon overtake the level of information that a human brain holds.

Dr Hinton joins a growing number of experts who have expressed concerns about AI—both the speed at which it is developing and the direction in which it is going.

AI is behind the algorithms that dictate what video-streaming platforms decide you should watch next. It can be used in recruitment to filter job applications, by insurers to calculate premiums, it can diagnose medical conditions (although human doctors still get the final say). 

But the pace of AI acceleration has surprised even its creators. It has evolved dramatically since Dr Hinton built a pioneering image analysis neural network in 2012. 

Make no mistake, we are on a speeding train right now, and the concern is that one day it will start building its own tracks., 2 May 2023

Arno's Commentary

It is of interest that Geoffrey Hinton is the great-great-grandson of Mary Everest Boole (11 March 1832—17 May 1916), of whom Wikipedia writes: “Boole was interested in parapsychology and the occult, and was a convinced spiritualist.” About spiritualism, Wikipedia writes: “Spiritualism was a social religious movement in the nineteenth century, according to which an individual’s awareness persists after death and may be contacted by the living. The afterlife, or the ‘spirit world,’ is seen by spiritualists not as a static place, but as one in which spirits continue to evolve.”

Science developed artificial intelligence is unstoppable. Hundreds of thousands, even millions of intelligent scientists the world over, are in the process of creating an artificial human with body and soul—but, we add, no spirit. 

We know from Revelation 13 that a manmade image will have the capacity to determine who is really worshiping and who is not: “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” (Revelation 13:15b).

Finally, the world will have a foolproof system whereby all of humanity can be controlled. That prophecy will be fulfilled in due time.

Should Christians be concerned? The answer is both yes and no. Yes, because virtually all of us make use of modern technology, whether it’s TV, cell phones, the internet, or computers. Yet most of us are not really aware of the progress being made toward total control.

The last three verses of Romans 8 are applicable to believers: “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

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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