UK - ‘We’ll Need Universal Basic Income’

Arno Froese

The computer scientist regarded as the “godfather of artificial intelligence” says the government will have to establish a universal basic income to deal with the impact of AI on inequality.

Professor Geoffrey Hinton told BBC Newsnight that a benefits reform giving fixed amounts of cash to every citizen would be needed because he was “very worried about AI taking lots of mundane jobs.”

He said while he felt AI would increase productivity and wealth, the money would go to the rich “and not the people whose jobs get lost and that’s going to be very bad for society.”

The concept of a universal basic income amounts to the government paying all individuals a set salary regardless of their means.

Developments over the last year showed governments were unwilling to rein in military use of AI, he said, while the competition to develop products rapidly meant there was a risk tech companies wouldn’t “put enough effort into safety.”

Professor Hinton said “my guess is in between five and 20 years from now there’s a probability of half that we’ll have to confront the problem of AI trying to take over.” 

This would lead to an “extinction-level threat” for humans because we could have “created a form of intelligence that is just better than biological intelligence… That’s very worrying for us.”

“What I’m most concerned about is when these can autonomously make the decision to kill people,” he said.

Professor Hinton said something similar to the Geneva Conventions—the international treaties that establish legal standards for humanitarian treatment in war—may be needed to regulate the military use of AI.

“But I don’t think that’s going to happen until after very nasty things have happened,” he added.

-www.bbc.com, 18 May 2024

Arno's Commentary

Most of us know little about artificial intelligence, but scientists see the potential dangers of the full implementation of AI, particularly by the military. How does that relate to Universal Basic Income (UBI)? Professor Hinton argues that AI can lead to total control by the elite. Thus, he says it could be an “extinction level threat.”

The fact that mankind is creating his own god is no longer in question. The potential goal is to eliminate opposition and create global artificial intelligence rulership.

What does the Bible say? We know from Revelation 13 that mankind will build an image capable of discerning a person’s religion (see verse 15). Yet, in the end, there will be the Great White Throne. Revelation 20:15 declares: “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” 

There is only one escape to ensure that my destiny is not that place: the promise, “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him” (1 Thessalonians 5:9-10).

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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