At this moment, thousands of home-built “mining rigs” are chugging along, calculating millions of hashes per second in an effort to “mine” crypto coins. Coins like Ethereum. ZCash. Monero. Next week, next month, next year, even more cryptically-named cryptocurrencies will emerge and become popular, and “miners” will put their computer hardware to work in an effort to mine those coins as well. The end goal (for now) is to either “HODL on” in hopes their value will go to the moon…or exchange them for Bitcoin or another currency (such as US dollars).
If all that techno-jargon confuses you, don’t worry about it: almost no one understands any of what’s really happening. Not even the people who think they know all about it…not really. Some people understand more than others, but in the end not one human being can see or comprehend this entire scenario of cryptocurrencies that people can “mine” with their home computers, processing something called a “blockchain”. It’s pretty complicated, and it likely goes deeper than just electronic currency. Something “more than human” is required to oversee such a complex thing as the cryptocurrency landscape…and especially the blockchain.
And that’s where AI comes into play. AI is definitely more than human, and the abilities of AI are almost required to be able to oversee all of this. For a lot of people, that’s pretty weird: a technology they’ve only recently heard of and they don’t understand (blockchain), is about to influence everything they know in life – and it’s going to be administered (in large part) by another technology that they barely comprehend (AI).
Summoning the Daemon
What’s even more weird is the possibility that the creation of Bitcoin and/or the other cryptocurrencies might be the result of – or created by – something more than human. Something extra-human. Maybe even something…anti-human.
Remember when Elon Musk told us that AI was just like “summoning the demon“? That more-than-human thing that will oversee global blockchain networks (and that might be behind their creation) may have been an AI…but it could have been something else altogether. (We might call it a non-human inter-dimensional intelligence, kinda like Socrates’ “genius” companion. We might think of it like a server daemon. Or, we might simply call it a “replete with knowledge” demon.
Does it sound crazy to infer that Bitcoin was created by AI, or that this technology came about as the result of demon influence? Yeah, I know, it probably does – but don’t leave yet. (The puppy videos and memes aren’t going anywhere.) Before you outright dismiss the possibility of non-human intelligence involvement with Bitcoin, I suggest that you watch the video embedded below – and consider if it has even a scintilla of merit. Maybe it’s not totally accurate. Maybe some of what it contains is sensational. But portions of the following video are undoubtably, verifiably true and accurate. (Skip to 15:28 if you want to get right to the discussion with Quinn Michaels about everyone’s favorite AI android – Sophia – and Bitcoin.)
At one point (referring to the singularity being here, not just near) he says, “It’s the most important thing in the world and no one knows about it.” (Hmm. I gotta say, that got my attention. Especially considering what I know about Hanson Robotics, SingularityNET, and the rest of that crew. They’ve made significant advancements in the field of AI, and make headlines every week.)
The video attempts to connect the mark of the beast with cryptocurrencies in general, and shows a few interesting tidbits that relate to the number 666 in connection with one particular aspect of processing cryptocurrencies. (I won’t spoil it for you, but it involves the numbers in a microchip model number. Subjective and flimsy evidence – but interesting nonetheless.) I don’t necessarily think the mark of the beast is here, but I do believe the framework for it is probably in place!
As I’ve said before, we are living in interesting times – and things will never be same. But what does all this stuff mean? What is the truth about it all? Not all of the “conspiracy theory” information out there can be wrong. Some of it has to be right. So what to believe?
A Simple Question
Remember the Bereans. Any good Bible student will take the news, analysis, and especially any sensational click-bait articles or videos with a grain of salt. A good Bible student will listen, read, and consider – and then ask a simple question: “What does the Bible say?” A good Bible student will search the scriptures for the answers. When it comes to finding wisdom and truth, that book is the only thing that matters.
We know there is an AI revolution occurring now. We can be fairly certain that blockchain technology is about to revolutionize not only currencies, purchase transactions, and banking – but many other fields. And we don’t need to be psychics to predict some of the ramifications of these technologies, especially the fact that they will be combined with people. (Transhumanism is not just a philosophy, it’s now real-life.)
But if we want to know what it all means, we always need to go back to the Bible. What does it say about all these subjects? Many people would be surprised to learn that the Bible says a lot. Here are a few points of interest that I feel relate to the time in which we live, along with some scripture references.
- We live in a time of unprecedented knowledge. To the beloved (Dan. 9:23) man of knowledge (Dan. 5:12), Daniel, it was revealed that the time of the end would be when knowledge would be increased. If you don’t believe we live in this time, please take your cheaply available supercomputer global communications video GPS tracking device out of your pocket (i.e. smartphone) and look up ten renderings of Daniel 12:4 in a parallel Bible (for free online) and then read commentary by Spurgeon, Clark, and Matthew Henry (takes 5 minutes). We have more knowledge available at our fingertips, instantly and constantly than most people in human history ever were able to access in their entire lifetimes! That one fact should blow you away.
- We are headed for globalism on multiple fronts. Globalism is the name of the game (and it is a game; we’re just pawns). It is lifted up and promoted. Patriotism and nationalism are subject to ridicule in the media. If you don’t think that’s a fair assessment, just look at how Viktor Orban and Donald Trump are castigated for putting their countries’ interests first, while rulers such as Merkel and Trudeau are lifted up (by the media specifically) as forward-thinking and good due to their magnanimous globalist policies. Why is this important and significant? Again, read your Bible. With specific intention and purpose, God divided the world’s people into “nations” in Genesis 10:5. Why? And did He make a mistake? (The UN thinks so.) Speaking to the Greeks, the apostle Paul was aware of God’s past actions as well: he commented on how God set the bounds and appointed the locations of various nations (in Acts 17:26). They didn’t dispute Paul’s claim. (Of course, Jesus implied that there would always be separate nations when He spoke of sheep and goats in Matthew 25.) Globalism is the opposite of God’s way – God is a nationalist. But globalism is the epitome of the anti-Christ’s philosophy. (See Revelation 13, 17, and 18 if you don’t believe me – argue with what the Bible tells you in those chapters.) The end-times way of the world system (i.e. the world order) will be globalist in nature. Some people call it a “new” world order, but it’s actually a very old world order. Read all about it in Genesis 11: you will see a clear description of a globalist world system, and it will be attempted one more time. (It just ain’t gonna work though.)
- We are seeing divisions like never before. In the face of all this supposed utopian globalism that the media attempts to sell you, the divisions stick out like a whole lot of red and blue sore thumbs. Not just in the USA, either: all over the world. Matthew 24 gives a flavor of the end times (from Jesus Himself), and one thing that will characterize that time is conflict between people groups. It’s “nation against nation”, or ethnos against ethnos, and kingdom against kingdom. (There’s that stubborn clear distinction of people groups again.) It’s always happened, but almost all Western nations are being intentionally turned from homogeneous societies into multicultural societies (via mass importation). That’s globalism in action – a rebellious attempt to undo what God did. Whether or not the equation fits now, as the last days progress diversity + proximity will equal war – between people and nations. Jesus even said that families would be divided (Matthew 10:21) as a result of people choosing or opposing Him. It’s going to get worse before He returns.
So what does the Bible say? The Bible says a lot regarding the end times, and it foretells the world we’re seeing. It’s unfolding just as predicted. Everything from the history of Israel, and the setup of the last days temple is coming together, and the infrastructure of the anti-Christ’s kingdom is being put into place.
What the Bible says is pretty glum..but only if you’re not a believer. If your hope is in this world, there’s no way you’ll be able to see anything good on the horizon. A one-world system, governed by AI that regulates your every move? A universal payment system capable of being shut off in an instant by a global authority? A politically-correct technocracy, with forced “equality” for all, devoid of freedom? No thanks!
Utopia or Dystopia?
It’s everything modern liberalism wants to happen – but of course they put it in nicer packaging. I find it hard to imagine even the most ardent liberal actually wanting to live in such a place. If and when it arrives, I have the distinct feeling they won’t like it as much as they currently think they will.
While I understand some liberal reasoning and some of the problems they (think) they have with the way the world is run, when capitalism is gone and countries are gone and days alternate between Brave New World and 1984, and Mao’s China…lots of progressives will want some regression. Inequality will be a thing of the past, because everyone will equally suffer under anti-Christ – and the cure will be worse than the disease.
For believers, we understand that the utopia being foisted upon everyone very soon is a dystopia. We also know that it’s a final attempt by the usurping former-angel to have a kingdom of his own – complete with a weak imitation of God’s abilities, God’s mark (Ezekiel 9:4), and God’s children. I will cover some more of these things in an upcoming study, but I want to make clear that Christians have hope, because we know the truth.
The truth is that this coming kingdom of anti-Christ will be inferior to God’s kingdom. The truth is that the coming kingdom of anti-Christ will be technological in nature, and will be oppressive. The truth is that the coming kingdom of anti-Christ will be global in scope and influence.The truth is that the coming kingdom of anti-Christ will be oppressive, enslaving, and evil. But that’s not all; there’s good news.
The truth is that the coming kingdom of anti-Christ will only last 7 years, and then it will end. The truth is that the coming kingdom of anti-Christ will show to the whole world – and to history – that God’s ways really are superior to man’s and also to Lucifer’s. The truth is that the coming kingdom of anti-Christ will be impressive when seen by mankind, but will pale when compared to what the LORD is able to do. The truth is that the coming kingdom of anti-Christ will intimidate men, but will not be able to stand before God when He merely speaks (Rev. 19:15).
Christians know the truth – the Word of God (Gen. 1:1). We also know the Truth, the person known as the living Word of God (John 1:1). That is why we have hope for the future. There is no hope, and there is no need for fear in the face of an AI future. It will all be done away with, in a short time. And what’s coming – afterwards – is far better.
Do you know Him? Do you know what the Bible says? Have you given any thought to what ultimately matters, and what the future beyond your short life on this earth hold? For now, the things I started this article with are part of our lives – and yes, you could say they “matter”.
But be sure of this as well: soon, all this impressive technology won’t matter. This system will be replaced by something far better (Rev. 21). And we’ll all wonder why we got so caught up in something so trivial as the blockchain.
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