A Woman's Perspective On The Times We Live In


May 1, 2013

Artificial Intelligence Lacks The God Component

     The Wikipedia definition of Artificial Intelligence sends chills down my spine.  According to the online resource, major AI researchers and textbooks define the field as "the study and design of intelligent agents", where an intelligent agent is a system that perceives its environment and takes actions that maximize its chances of success.  Sound like science fiction and the stuff of movies?  You betcha!  But it is also our fast-approaching reality!    
     Ray Kurzweil, a leading scientist and strong proponent of "Artificial Intelligence", truly believes that we are less than two decades away from creating consciousness in an artificial being.  Think about what that really means .... he has been charged by Google to develop natural language understanding.  To put that into terms you and I can understand, it looks like this .... Search engines have moved beyond just finding keywords.  But Kurzweil and Google (among others) want to be able to read all the billions of web pages and book pages for semantic content.
     In other words, if you write a blog post, your intent is to express what you think; what you feel.  Let's face it, you’ve got something to say, and you’re not just creating words and synonyms. Kurzweil stated, "We’d like the computers to actually pick up on that semantic meaning."  His excuse is that people could then ask more complex questions.  (Here's where I put my tin foil hat on).  I think this kind of technological advancement has more sinister overtones.
     Kurzweil has teamed with fellow researcher, Jeff Daniels, who has developed a system he calls deep learning.  The self-proclaimed subtitle of his website, deeplearning.net, is "moving beyond shallow machine learning since 2006!"  He goes on to proclaim that "Deep Learning is a new area of Machine Learning research, which has been introduced with the objective of moving Machine Learning closer to one of its original goals: Artificial Intelligence."
     Just go to any movie theater and watch the previews.  PLW and I joined our neighbors in going to see Tom Cruise's latest sci-fi, futuristic movie, Oblivion.  All but one of the litany of previews touted some form of Artificial Intelligence that sought to rule the universe.  The message was clear.... man is no match for the superior "brain power" of Artificial Intelligence; we will be easily conquered and will become subservient to our AI masters.
     Think it can't happen?  Listen to Kurzweil's answer, when asked what would be the outcome if he is actually able to create a "Google brain" that could understand the meaning behind the words we type:  "I’ve had a consistent date of 2029 for that vision [of computer intelligence]. And that doesn’t just mean logical intelligence. It means emotional intelligence, being funny, getting the joke, being sexy, being loving, understanding human emotion. That’s actually the most complex thing we do. That is what separates computers and humans today. (Oh, how deceived he is!) I believe that gap will close by 2029."  If Hollywood can think it up and make it look real on screen, do you really doubt that scientists aren't further down that trail?
     Still not convinced?  Kurzweil goes on to make his case:  "We can now see inside a living brain and see individual inter-neural connections being formed and firing in real time. We can see your brain create your thoughts and thoughts create your brain. A lot of this research reveals how the mechanism of the neocortex works, which is where we do our thinking. This provides biologically inspired methods that we can emulate in our computers. We’re already doing that. The deep learning technique that I mentioned uses multilayered neural nets that are inspired by how the brain works. Using these biologically inspired models, plus all of the research that’s been done over the decades in artificial intelligence, combined with exponentially expanding hardware, we will achieve human levels within two decades."
     Here is where it gets real scary!  Kurzweil is a strong proponent for what he calls this "exponential growth of knowledge" and is focused on controlling the neocortex part of our brain (where we do our thinking).  He even goes so far as to trying to understand why some people (like me) are so resistant to accepting this kind of research.  He seems to think that people who are resistant have disorganized neocortexes (read there is "something else" that prohibits us from being manipulated).  See if you can guess what that "something else" might be from this statement he made in reference to his friend Steve Jobs (of Apple fame).  Jobs famously proclaimed, “Death is very likely the single best invention of life. It’s life’s change agent.” 
     Kurzweil, has a very unique perspective on Jobs's thought.   "I call this a deathist statement .... Religion, which emerged in prescientific times, did the next best thing, which is to say, ‘Oh, that tragic thing? That’s really a good thing.” We rationalized that because we had to accept it. But in my mind death is a tragedy. Our initial reaction to hearing that someone has died is a profound loss of knowledge and skill and talents and relationships."
      See what a lack of God does for you?  Because my initial reaction to hearing that someone has died is, "What was it like standing in the presence of Jesus?"  The irony of the whole Artificial Intelligence system is that the researchers and scientists see only the significance of the human brain.  They deny the plausibility of our soul and connection to a living God.  So while vehemently denying the existence of God, they are, in effect, trying to play God.  (Boy, are they in for a surprise!)
      I may not be able to fight their system on a scientific level, but I have to ask this question .... in light of how I plan to spend eternity versus their strategy for expanding knowledge, who is really the intelligent one?

2 Timothy 3:1,7      "But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self .... always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth."


5 comments:

  1. Right on target, Belle Ringer, Satan would love to be as powerful as God, he never ever will. God will never let him take our free will from us and let him make robots out of us. All souls belong to God. God gave us free will to choose our love of God or Satan. God will never let Satan take our free will of choice. This is one reason Jesus said you will be hated for my namesake. Satan is limited to hating us, not controlling our free will. The progress of biometrics is equally scary, having developed plastic film smart phones that are like a tattoo, powered by blood, reading brain activity, "mark of the beast"? My recent study of the Free Masons also sent chills down my spine. Satan is the master of deception. In these end times we true Christians must stay very close to God or even the very elect will be deceived. We are quickly becoming a remnant, being called "gun toting Christians", "potential terrorists", "people of concern", etc. Stay strong in God, God bless.

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    1. It is always nice to hear from people who see "the big picture". Millions are deceived and we must pray that the scales can be removed from their eyes before it is too late. You touched on some of the tools in Satan's arsenal, but we are covered in the blood of Jesus and he cannot fool us.

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  2. Your post reminded me of a Twilight Zone episode I saw years ago when computers were becoming available to everyone. Basically it was how people and computers morphed into one. It was scary then even more so now.
    When people reject the truth of God the only thing left to believe is the lie, satan's cosmic system, human viewpoint. Without our daily intake of the word of God it's easy to give in to this deception. Now more than ever we need to hold on to the truth of God's word.

    JM

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    1. "Daily intake of God's Word" is definitely the armor we need to protect ourselves from what's coming. Sadly, too many never even open the Good Book. It is my comfort and my refuge!

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  3. Hey,

    It was an interesting read. I myself is a strong proponent of 'Strong AI'. There is much much more to explore in this universe, than logic. Like quantum physics and only science and AI has the promise. But one thing is certain, everything is logic.(see, my thoughts here: http://everythingislogic.blogspot.in/2014/06/after-planning-for-so-many-eons-i-am.html) The thing is if God/Soul exist it is totally Analytic that some form of logic is used by them/it as well.

    Won't it be interesting to understand how our feelings are simulated? Why we get motivated? Probably a nirvana state could be achieved via researching in AI or simply Intelligence.

    While there would be some struggle of power in the start (after we reach singularity, which I feel is much closer than 2029) eventually it would be good for all of us. It would be elixir.

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