Why The Faith Community Must Understand Artificial Intelligence AI
I believe the Christian Bible has all the answers we need as a society but many times these answers are not obvious because of the language translation, mental preparation required and not being able to match Biblical descriptions with current events.
If you look at the information in the Christian Bible beyond the poetry thereof and the metaphors thereof you will also find historical information that can be synthesized as well as predictions of future coming technology referenced or described.
The ancient writers did the best they could to describe future events and future technology with the limited reference points of their time. For example they would see a satellite in a vision and interpret then describe the satellite imagery as an angel. The only reference point they had was the image of an angel messenger. They had no idea what a satellite is. It is essential to investigate current contemporary technology to see if there is evidence sufficient to match congruently ancient descriptions of future technology with current or emerging technology.
Let’s look at a few ancient predictions that described future coming events and emerging technology in an innocent manner as the writer tried to describe the technology to the best of his ability using words that were limited to objects available to him. For example Revelation 14:6 references what seems to describe a satellite.
And I saw another angel flying in mid-heaven, having the everlasting glad tidings to preach upon those dwelling on the earth, and upon every nation and tribe and tongue and people,. Today we know satellites are used to broadcast by way of media including social media messages to every spot on the earth. Satellite foot prints keep expanding even to remote areas of India.
Another example of imagery recorded in the Bible that describes actual historical events is found in the ancient book of Job 40:15-24. There is reference of what seems to be a class of dinosaurs. Verse 17 seems to differentiate the description between a hippopotamus and a class of dinosaurs describing the dinosaur’s tail of cedar..
He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together.
Another example is the ancient prophet Ezekiel described what seems to be a new generation high tech model of a military super jet, space craft or a rocket ship with four astronauts.
Ezekiel 1: 4 I looked, and I saw a windstorm coming out of the north—an immense cloud with flashing lightning and surrounded by brilliant light. The center of the fire looked like glowing metal, 5 and in the fire was what looked like four living creatures.
We also see these imageries in the book of Revelation 13:16-17 that predicted a future cashless society as we see digital currency making its way to mainstream finance and transactions. According to the Federal Reserve over 70% of bank account holders use online banking to include mobile banking. If we do not understand digital currency we will not be able to purchase in the future. Millennials especially in Asia, EU, UK, Australia, India are already proficient with digital currency transactions and investments.
Revelation 13:16 records “It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17 so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark.” Many millennials who are investor entrepreneurs already receive payments for products sold, services rendered by cryptocurrency that goes directly into their crypto wallet. If you ask them why use a crypto wallet they will tell you, “ get use to it, this is the wave of the future.”
Here is another example where God Himself addresses the concept of Sustainability from which come current disciplines such as the green house effect and climate change. The concept of sustainability has been idolized rather than approached pragmatically and reasonably as God intended.
Genesis 2:15 (New International Version) The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. There is a rational argument in defense of sustainability based in the Bible.
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Now let’s talk about why the Faith Community must understand Artificial Intelligence or AI. Artificial Intelligence refers to computers designed to assimilate information, reason, use logic, critical thinking and to make decisions. The book of Revelation references AI and unfortunately the dark side of AI. If the Faith Community can become prepared by awareness, understanding AI features and benefits, pros and cons, the dark side of AI and most importantly be able to identify AI when this technology presents itself to you.
Level 3 super AI technology currently can deceive hardened security systems by fabrication of facial features and human voice. Super AI technology can and will deceive the best of us and this is a warning even to myself to prepare by awareness and education. Jesus Himself warned us of AI deception in Matthew 24 especially in verse 24. For false christs and false prophets will arise, and will do great miracles and wonders, insomuch that if it were possible, the very elect should be deceived. Yes the faith community will be innocently deceived.
The books of Revelation and Ezekiel can appear to be mysterious and full of metaphors. I suggest the images presented in these books refer in part to reference points, to future systems and technology the ancient authors did not quite understand because they had no reference points and no contexts to rely on. However our generation now has reference points as we embark the trends and super technology of the 21st century. Saint John the Beloved had no idea of artificial intelligence when he wrote the following as he saw it in a vision:
Revelation 13 15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the mage of the beast to be killed.
The book of Revelation can seem mysterious, allegorical, fictitious and superstitious because we haven’t assigned congruent technology to the biblical descriptions. As new super technology unfolds we can now understand how holograms and AI can explain terms such as image of the beast, image of the beast should speak, grant power to give breath to the image of the beast. The writer of Revelation did not have the reference points of AI but we do. Proverbs 4:7 records Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. The more prepared we are the easier it is to navigate emerging technology and the public policy these new technology create and influence. In other words with understanding we will not be afraid.
The antichrist and his prophet may not be as personally dangerous as we thought. Any claims of creative power or resurrection may be but a paper tiger produced by AI technology. With preparation and knowledge we will be able to ascertain what is concerning and what is a paper tiger. Also understanding and mastering digital currency will make life easier and prevent pitfalls and scams. Cryptocurrency has produced millennials who are multi millionaires and billionaires many from Asia who currently enjoy a lifestyle you can’t yet imagine with savings on hand between One Hundred Million US dollars to One Billion USD to spend.
The dark side of AI as a tool however will create hardships such as government restrictions for the Faith Community and social hostilities from large companies in banking, media, social media, real estate, medical industry, academia, food, travel, auto, all who will align to control, exclude and to dominate. See https://lemuelbaker.com/christian_persecution The more you understand the more peace your mind enjoys.
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Let’s become more aware of AI. Here is a stunning fact. AI has already been a part of our lives for many years, we just hadn’t been aware we were using AI influenced technology. We have already interacted with one or more levels of AI. There are 3 levels of AI.
1. Limited AI
2. Multifunctional AI
3. Ultra Intelligent Super AI
Level one AI is limited to just one repetitive task such as our smart phones, the voice on the customer service line that frustrates, the chat option on our online banking and the ads that pop up after we just researched a product. Airlines use AI to facilitate your online ticket purchases. Some travel agencies will say “I am a robot” when you are looking for the best price online. We have encountered multifunctional AI that can learn advanced research skills. When we obtain a doctor’s diagnosis and treatment plan, the treatment plan came from an AI program. When we ordered new windows or ask for an insurance quote the quote comes from an AI program. All industries have been using both limited and multifunctional AI assisted programs for years to provide services to us.
AI advantages include the reduction in human error, 24/7 availability, zero risks, unbiased decisions, faster decisions and can intervene in dangerous situations . AI is a good tool but not to replace doctors. For example AI is a great tool in radiology diagnosis and keeps bad doctors on their toes to do a better job. Currently AI bots do online medical diagnosis and a portion of the population report preferring a diagnosis done by an online telemedicine AI robot.
AI disadvantages include lack of ethics, no emotions, increased unemployment and the dark side of super AIs. We will have to manage by balancing any benefits of AI against the risks thereof until we creatively learn to prosper alternatively.