UK - New Colleague Could Be a Robot

Arno Froese

You hear EVA before you see it. A whirring and whizzing noise greets you as you enter the offices of Automata, a start-up robotics company based in London.

To one side a robotic arm is going through an intricate set of moves: six joints twisting and turning in a sequence which, in the real world, would place a label on a parcel.

That’s EVA, and it has been doing those moves non-stop for months to test its reliability.

EVA was developed from cheap reliable parts. It uses the same motors that power the electric windows in cars, while the computer chips are similar to those used in the consumer electronics business. This is allowing them to sell EVA at £8,000.

Automata is just one firm trying to find a wider market for robots and disrupt the way that things are made.

More than 2.4 million industrial robots are operating in factories around the world, according to data from the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), which is forecasting double-digit sales growth from 2020 to 2022.

Researchers at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (a partnership between the University of the West of England and Bristol University) think the big breakthrough would be to give robot hands a sense of touch.

Future developments in robotic hardware and artificial intelligence mean that robots will be able to do more and more of the jobs that are currently performed by humans. 

According to a report by the OECD, 14% of jobs are “at high risk of automation” and 32% of jobs could be “radically transformed,” with the manufacturing sector at the highest risk.

Suryansh Chandra argues that his technology will eliminate boring, repetitive jobs that humans don’t like and aren’t very good at, and also create new ones that are likely to replace them., 18 February 2020

Arno's commentary

By reading the above excerpt from the article published by the BBC, one is immediately struck by the name “Eva.” We know that Eva is a female name, with the English rendering “Eve.” It is derived from the Hebrew word meaning “life” or “living one.” 

In the Bible, we read the name for the first time after the sin fall. Genesis 3:20 documents: “And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.” Later in Genesis chapter 5, we have a summary of the creation of man; verse 2 reads: “Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.” Therefore, the original intention was perfect unity between the two; they were called by one name: Adam. It derives from the Hebrew word for “man” (“Adama”), referring to the “ground.” The beginning of mankind originates with Adam; thus, after the sin fall, we read: “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return” (Genesis 3:19).

This article shows that modern technology is inspired by the great imitator, who wants to be equal to God. It points to the Antichrist, who will present himself to Israel as the messiah and the savior of the world. 

Of interest is also the mega-corporation, Apple. The company’s logo pictures an apple with a bite taken out. While the Bible does not reveal the name the forbidden fruit of “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” (Genesis 2:17a), the symbolic meaning is crystal clear: mankind, with his virtually unlimited imagination, goes back to Genesis in the attempt to recreate something that was reserved for the Creator. In actual fact, there is no such thing as creation outside the Creator. All that mankind has achieved is using created material and forming it into different images, machines, robots, computers, etc. 

Here a word of explanation seems necessary. While we fully realize that we live in a world dominated by the god of this world, as believers in Christ, we are in this world but not of this world. That means we may freely use all things technology “creates,” but we know the end thereof. The apostle Peter writes, “Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat” (2 Peter 3:12). But that’s not our end, because verse 13 guarantees: “Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”

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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