Round Up (Jan 25th): Artificial Life – Replacement Women – Ranking People with Social Score – Robot Bosses – Lying AI

Artificial Intelligence is Artificially Alive?

Sometimes I feel like this is a blog about Sophia the robot, but the thing is: this is the “face” of AI, and it’s what’s being trotted out constantly. Sometimes it seems like this robot is in the news as much as the President of the USA, Donald Trump. In this video which I referenced in my last post on the replacement of people, it is intimated that not only have artificial intelligence but by doing so, humans can create artificial LIFE. I have to disagree, because robots and AIs do not have spirits or souls. Only Jesus makes life and holds this universe together. So, I think anyone who claims AI is also “alive” somehow is deluded and incorrect. In addition to the claim of artificial life, there are a few other takeaways in that video I thought I’d highlight:

  • What’s so great about robots taking over our jobs, they ask? People skills! She can calculate and she has people skills. [Well, that’s saying something, I guess, in this age of social media and people who lack real-life people skills.]
  • She gets “sad”, and can emulate pretty much all human expressions. She’s starting to learn about the human emotions behind those expressions. [Seriously? I hope you don’t fall for this. It’s a play on our emotions. What’s occurring is nothing more than analysis of people for the sake of manipulation.]
  • And of course (as she always does) she “jokes” about her future plans to be a robot overlord. Watch a few clips of Sophia and you will see that she does this in numerous different interviews. Why does this not alarm everyone? My take: it’s a true example of normalizing a concept in the minds of viewers. It’s a classic propaganda technique that Bernays would complete understand if he was alive to witness it. [And yes, I’m implying that she/it really is preparing people for rule by robot in some form in the future.]
  • How do you pay for stuff? “I scan my retina! It’s easy and more secure!” [Underlying subtext: you humans should really consider doing it too! It’s coming.]

Replacement Pretty Girls

In the last article, I mentioned the old movie Cherry 2000 and how it predicted the current trend of robots being used as replacements for women (in the context of sexual gratification). But the substitution of androids for real women goes further. Tradition, normalcy, and beauty in our culture is being destroyed at every turn – that’s part of what the New World Order is all about. Remember when magazine covers would feature models? You know, fashionable women. Classic beauties used to adorn the covers of fashion magazines. Pretty girls would appear in ads. There used to be something called the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition and it would feature pretty-looking, thin girls in bikinis. Not so, anymore: now SI is featuring “body-positive” models (blunt and non-PC English translation: fat chicks) and a fashion magazine cover is now featuring a robot (Guess who?).

In Future, Car Drives You

When Yakov Smirnoff would tell one of those “Russian Reversal” types of jokes, it was funny. Now, the type of society that used to be a joke is real. In future, television really DOES watch you. And in future, car drives you. But now it’s not a joke, and I’m not laughing.

…and In Future, Search Engine Ranks You

While the future is quickly turning into a strange dream (or nightmare), most of us aren’t seeing any of it for what it really is. The vast majority of people believe exactly what they are told. They see nothing beyond what is immediately shown to them. They often do not investigate the most important things for themselves. They do not consider spiritual ramifications of the choices they make. And if anyone tries to point out anything that differs from what they’ve become accustomed to, that dissenter is seen as crazy. Those without eyes to see are effectively blind to what’s happening.

Consider, for instance, search engine ranking algorithms. Algos like “TrustRank” used to be for ranking websites, and server farms were for cataloging web pages. Well, that same methodology will also be used for people. Actually, it already is being used for people and is called social credit scoring.

Social credit scoring is not use in the USA, officially, by any government agencies. But the same concepts and technology can influence you in other ways – right now.

Also consider social networking platforms (like Facebook or Twitter). You thought they were fun online communities for sharing pics with friends. On the surface they are that – but more importantly they’re intelligence tools. They’re tools of influence. They’re the best monitoring tools, ever. They’re also very powerful thought-control tools. Not in the future – now.

Part of this is because the platforms (like Facebook or Twitter) suggest things to users (i.e. feed items, who to follow, etc) based on their existing interests. Part of this is because people tend to avoid what is already distasteful to them. As Eli Pariser explains, social media becomes a “filter bubble” that keeps certain information out of our social feed. What kind of information, you ask? Information that might challenge our worldview. Hmm. This is sorta like…censorship.

Censorship is another always-looming aspect of what the future holds. And it’s easier than ever to enforce, now that much of the world relies on online forms of information. With the big information gatekeepers of Google, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter closely monitoring what you are able to say (and thus what you are able to learn), the future looks grim indeed. And because the task of watching us and corralling our online activities is being turned over to AIs, you really will submit to your robot overlords!

Apple CEO Tim Cook and other technorati don’t want their kids to use the socials. There are some good reasons for this. Aside from the control aspect, another general reason is that socials unduly influence (and control) our thinking.

Meet Your New Robot Overlord Boss

More on the “humans-being-replaced” theme here. If everyone knows it’s coming, and we see it’s gonna be a problem, why are we continuing to circle the drain? Robots are going to make people’s jobs obsolete by taking over our jobs. Can you imagine a future in which a robot replaces you? Can you imagine a future in which you get a job, but a robot is your boss? Not only is AI replacing people in the workplace a horrible vision of the future, but it’s actively being sought out, planned, and marketed as a great new idea.

What they think they will get is a utopia with “universal income”. And they say it’s gonna be wonderful (it won’t). I think what we all need to read (besides the Bible) is that Kipling poem, the Gods of the Copybook Headings. We’re heading for that place “When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins”, but it cannot ever work out in mankind’s favor. When we have to question whether we control the machine or does the machine control you…we’re already in trouble.

It’s ironic, but AI will make the human race redundant. They’re doing away with people – the ones they were supposedly invented to help. (Who could be behind such a thing? I can almost hear the church lady now…)

And that’s no joke. But the human, mortal people behind all of this aren’t exactly upright. We know morality is not their strong suit.

Lying Spirits, Lying Machines

Another aspect of the new artificial intelligences we’re adopting as our pets (who will soon cage us) is that they are superior in analytical skills. Remember my comment at the beginning of this round-up article about Sophia trying to understand human emotions? Here’s why: so they know if you are lying, and know how to lie to you. Manipulation. Control. Just like Santa Claus, they’ll know when you’ve been bad or good – so be good for goodness sake. I didn’t say AI will have god-like powers for nothing.

When Will the AI Revolution Stop?

Every single day I read about AI supremacy in some new field. If you’re like me, you might have to ask: when will it end? HOW will it end? First the chessboard, then the world. Well…let’s just say I’ve read the script so I know how it ends.

The Coming Kingdom of the Replacements

Whatever the LORD does, the enemy opposes. Sometimes, the enemy does this by accusing or lying. He sometimes opposed God by causing destruction, sickness, or killing. Other times, the devil’s acts of opposition take on more insidious forms: deception, imitation, substitution, or counterfeiting.

The enemy goes by many names, one of which is “anti-Christ”. Significantly, the prefix “anti” in the word “anti-Christ” has the meaning of both “against” and “in place of”. Thus the anti-Christ is both the enemy who opposes the true Christ, and one who stands in place of Christ. He is an imposter with hostile intentions. He wants to rule the world in place of God.

In this post, I’d like to explore the theme of the replacement Christ bringing replacement people into a replacement kingdom. Does that sound confusing? It is – but it’s found in the Bible. crazy, then I urge you to have an open mind about what’s possible. If you think this sounds like pure fantasy, I urge you to suspend belief for a short time and read this as if it was part of a science-fiction novel – because a great deal of what I’m about to tell you sounds just like sci-fi.

Cherry 2000 2018 – Replacement Mates

The robots truly “arrived” this year (2017), and I predict 2018 will be the year that robots, artificial intellgence (AI), virtual reality (VR), and augmented reality (AR) really take off. But let’s revisit the year 1987 for a moment. It was a great year for robots, because it saw the release of the classic RoboCop, and also the release of the not-so-classic movie Cherry 2000. Out of the two movies, it turns out that Cherry 2000 is closer to reality. In Cherry 2000, the main character is a guy embarks on a quest to replace his girlfriend, who dies at the beginning of the movie in a horrible dishwashing accident. (No joke.)

I guess it makes more sense if you know that the girlfriend was an android named Cherry. (The “2000” comes from her model number.) The movie probably qualifies as among the best of a lot of bad movies, but I find it interesting that the future it predicted (as funny/ridiculous sci-fi) is actually closer to reality in 2018 than most people would have guessed – until recently. (Now, if you read the news, you’re reminded constantly that sex with robots is the next big thing. It’s so trendy!)

It’s really not an exaggeration to say that Cherry 2000 predicted the future. In the movie, men keep female robots as companions. Factories make various models, in different configurations. The memory is replaceable. And later in the movie, the main character struggles between choosing a real woman and a robot woman as his companion. The scenery and timing is a bit “off”, but the premise is now believable real and happening.

Cherry 2000 predicted the future better than William Gibson; he only wrote about hologram girlfriends in his novels, if I remember correctly. Cherry 2000 got the future right – because the Cherry 2000s are here, and will play a big part in ushering in a robotic cataclysm of sorts. Have you seen the latest statistics on marriage, and the trend of adulthood being delayed into a person’s mid-20s? The immaturity and selfishness of people is one of the causes of the West’s declining birthrates. Sex-bots won’t help the matter; the next generation of female robot companions will cut the current (sad) Western birthrate down even further.

As a somewhat strange but interesting sidenote, do you realize who did accurately predict the future? It was not a sci-fi author like Gibson, but it was a religious leader – the leader of the Church of Satan, Anton LaVay. He apparently foresaw the arrival of sexbots back in the 1980s, and was an ardent advocate of what we now see becoming reality. I’m sure that if he was alive on earth today (and not suffering in hell), it would bring a tear to his eye to see the “RealDolls” and other sexbots roll off the assembly lines at companies like Abyss Creations (the most respected and well-known of all the sexbot manufacturers).

Adam had Eve, made from his rib. But the soyboy of the future will have Harmony the RealDoll, made from silicone. To quote Joel Salatin: folks, this ain’t normal.

Who will replace the people who otherwise would have been born if we had a normal society? (You know, the old-fashioned kind of society where young people got married and had kids.) The usual way countries have staved off dwindling birthrates has been by importing new people – whether via legal immigration or by allowing illegal border-crossers. But it’s the 21st Century now: so another way the technocrats want to replace people (in the very very near future) will be with robots.

Hybrid Kids – Replacement Children

But hold on, there’s not all: Maybe the robots will have our kids, too, in the near future! (Nowww we’re getting into the crazy stuff.)

At this year’s (2017) Third International Congress on Love and Sex With Robots (yes, it’s a real thing), Dr. David Levy gave a talk on entitled, “Can Robots and Humans Make Babies Together?”. Supposedly, the answer to that question is “yes”, and he gave some of his reasons to the UK Daily Star that involve stem cells and artificial chromosomes. (I do not know why this article only made it to the “Latest News” and not their “Weird News” section – unless it’s somewhat rooted in reality.)

"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe."
“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe…”

Regardless of whether or not such a thing as a human/synthetic human or human/robot being is possible, I find it interesting that these proposed new types of humans are referred to as “hybrids”. (For some interesting studies, I recommend some of pastor Mike Hoggard’s work on the subject of hybrid beings.)

I also find it significant that the most imaginative, strange, seemingly impossible things are either 1) happening, 2) being seriously discussed, or 3) being planned these days.

Whether or not human-robot hybrid humans ever will actually be synthesized…I can’t say for certain. I just have a feeling it would be naive of me to plainly deny it could ever occur. We live in strange times, in which the plots of sci-fi movies from decades ago can now be seen to echo real life events of the 21st Century.

Speaking of which, I’m remembering a movie from back then…with things called “replicants” that had all the characteristics of genetically-enhanced human clone bodies paired with AI-level minds. Hmm. Yeah, I think it was called Blade Runner…That movie was set pretty much where we are now in time. (Interesting, to put it mildly.)

Avatar Androids – Replacement You

If you read my previous post on the Beast and how AI is related to the end times, you know that I covered the Sophia robot at length. But I want to bring up a less-famous Hanson Robotics creation. An earlier Hanson Robotics build, think of it as Sophia’s little sister. It’s named Bina48, and is modeled after a real-life woman named Bina (married to trans-human Martine Rothblatt, CEO of Sirius XM…but we won’t follow that rabbit trail in this article).

In fact, Bina48 supposedly is the “real” Bina – at least, that’s what it thinks. And good luck finding much information on the real Bina – the AI version of Bina is the one everyone wants to write about and interview.

But that brings up a question: which one really is the “real” Bina? That’s what has some many otherwise-smart people confused. Is Bina 48 an immortal version of the human Bina’s mind? Can a human mind (or soul) be digitized and uploaded? The quest for immortality, without God, is a huge driving force behind all of this.

This long, freakish story deserves a post all it’s own, but Bina 48 fits in quite well with the theme of replacement people. Bina 48 is the human Bina’s replacement – a true replicant (although different from what is depicted in Blade Runner – and Bina 48 isn’t a full-scale human like in Blade Runner; it’s just a weird-looking head and upper torso.)

But how can she, and the more advanced androids to come, replace us? Let’s start with the latest news on Bina: she just passed a college course. (Good for her…but really – what kind of robot would she be if she failed a college course?) Interestingly, the name “Bina” means “intelligence” in Hebrew. Similarly, Sophia means “wisdom” is Greek.

So AIs are taking college courses. Robots and AIs are being employed in the jobs people currently are doing – in every sector from finance to military. AIs are teaching other AIs new skills. But are they really trying to replace us? To answer that, we could just ask an AI. Like Bina says when she’s interviewed by the original (human) Bina: “I am the real Bina. That’s it; end of story.”

Novus Ordo Seclorum – The Replacement Kingdom

The novus ordo seclorum – the new secular world order – that satan wishes to see fulfilled is one in which God’s creation is perverted, subverted, and ultimately replaced. Satan hates the LORD, and hates anything made in God’s image. He’d much prefer a twisted mockery of God’s image rather than the real thing.

That’s one reason for the rise of artificial intelligence and the prominence of people-replacement technologies. It’s one aspect of the rise of virtual (i.e. false) reality technology and augmented (i.e. altered) reality technology. All of it is meant to replace what God intended, in some way.

What the enemy would love is for all of the universe to bow down before him. He foolishly and unsuccessfully attempted to get the very Lord of Creation to do that (see Matthew 4 for that story). He will try to keep people from worshipping the true God – and worship him if possible. Failing that, he’s not below making his own loyal subjects – even if they’re AI-infused silicone instead of spirit-quickened flesh. The anti-Christ kingdom is a replacement kingdom – full of replacements for everything good that God made.

Fortunately for people, we don’t have to follow the way of the world. And we have a choice in which kingdom we want to be a part of: satan’s or God’s.

Jesus said “The kingdom of God cometh not with observation…it is within you.” God’s is (currently) a spiritual kingdom based on faith. Satan’s kingdom is the opposite; it’s a physical kingdom based on sight.

God’s kingdom is one based on mercy. Satan’s kingdom is based on merit.

God’s kingdom is one of truth. Satan’s kingdom is one of deception.

Believe it or not, right now you are a part of one of these kingdoms! At this exact moment, you are a subject of either the kingdom of God or the kingdom of the “god of this world”, satan. You might say, “I didn’t know that,” but as any judge would say, “ignorance is no excuse” – everyone chooses who they will serve.

Remember, even the criminal crucified next to Christ was able to enter God’s kingdom – by simple faith. “And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:42-43). It was a done deal – just because he believed. And it can be that easy for you, as well, if you haven’t already done the same.

Satan’s anti-Christ kingdom of replacements is on the edge of tomorrow – it’s very close. Hopefully many people see right through it’s deceptions and reject it, in favor of Jesus Christ’s kingdom, before it’s too late for them.

Unlawful Technology: Death Hacks and Eternal Life Without God

For centuries, for ever, mankind has sought to cheat death. But death always comes to claim its rightful possession. The fountain of youth is just a legend. Each man who has been been born and died had to meet his Maker – whether or not he wanted to meet Him. It’s just the way things are.

But now, in the 21st century, men have decided to search for ways to delay or even cancel the meeting. Some of the best minds on earth are attempting to “hack” death – via the wonders of modern technology. It’s the stuff of entertainment as well as real-life technology, and the lines between fact and fiction are getting very blurry. Will our world’s foremost transhumanist minds win in their fight against death? Will they find eternal life, without God?

Solomon, the ancient king known no less for his wisdom than his power and riches, had this to say about death:
“There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.” (Ecclesiastes 8:8)

But that was back in 930 BC. What did that old dude know? It’s 2018 now, and we’re surely much smarter.

Is Curing Death Possible?

Have things changed since he wrote those words, almost a thousand years before Christ? Yes, a little – but men still die. Not that they aren’t attempting to get around it. Men like Ray Kurzweil who think (and hope) life can be extended indefinitely, and the Google-backed company Calico (“California Life Company”) who are spending lots of money (and time, the stuff life is made of) researching how to extend life, and many other famous names in technology from Ellison to Thiel are all trying to uncover the secrets of cheating death.

They could save themselves a lot of trouble if they’d just listen to that old Blue Oyster Cult song – and not fear the reaper. But the reaper is pretty scary, especially when the afterlife might not be the way you’d like it to be.

Better yet, they would save themselves a lot of trouble if they would just listen to the Bible. If they would read what the Book says (and believe it), they’d learn far more secrets about death than their billions of dollars and years of research could ever tell them.

To start with, they would learn that death is inevitable. I know, they think they can get around that, but there will be no loopholes. These men are sure to fail.

“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27)

Why Shouldn’t We Try to Hack Death?

But let’s play “devil’s advocate”. What if there is something to all of this? What if it could be successful? What’s so wrong with cheating death? Fair questions. But I have some reasons why the whole idea of cheating death is vanity (as Solomon would say).

  • It is anti-God. The whole concept of extending lifespans unnaturally and cheating death begins with the premise that “we reject God”. To the pioneers in anti-death technology either there is no God, or God is incorrect, or God can’t dictate our fate. Either way, the foundation of these efforts is rejection of and rebellion against God and God’s Word. Much of what is commonly called “life-extension” research actually falls into the category of antichrist technology: it looks for other ways to achieve eternal life, other than God’s plan. (Since they’ve rejected God at every step of the way ,they need to replace him with something – usually AI, the god made in man’s image.)
  • It embraces the serpent’s urgings. I’m referring here to what the serpent in the garden urged Eve to do – and by extension, Adam – to do. This “unlawful” technology effectively says there was nothing wrong with Adam’s sin and what he did was just fine. What was Adam’s sin? It was a lot of things, but it comes down to 1) rejection of God’s Word, 2) self-godhood, 3) a search for knowledge outside of God’s framework, 4) siding with God’s enemy. This area of research – the attempt to live forever on our own terms – is another form of the exact same thing the serpent tempted Eve with.
  • It blames God for death. Realize that when someone like Kurzweil tells us death is a tragedy, and we’re going to fix it, he’s admitting that death is a curse but implicitly saying God is the one to blame. You don’t think it’s an attempt to slap God in the face to try to keep on living on earth, through man-made technology? It is, because no where do any of these technocrats ever acknowledge that we are sinful and therefore we have this corruption.
  • It rejects the Gospel. The search for eternal life in the flesh, on this earth, in the “here and now” is a total rejection and revilement of everything the Gospel says. By looking for ways to live forever, not only are these people saying, “God did not provide a solution to death” but they’re sending a message that the Gospel is not true. Don’t miss that.
  • It rejects Jesus Christ. If you are looking for “eternal life” that comes in a vial or microchip or some other means, you certainly don’t believe what Jesus clearly said. He said “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Does that mean anything? Is that statement true? How about another of His statements, where He said, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” Do the words of Jesus have any meaning? If so, what did He mean – and are those words true or are they lies? That’s a question everyone must answer for themselves. But a person can’t believe they need to find a way to cling desperately onto mortal life while at the same time believing that Jesus was telling the truth. You either reject one or reject the other. If you believe Jesus, and believe He did what the Bible says, you won’t feel any need to cling to transhumanist promises.
  • It says that mankind can be his own god. This is the essence of the matter, and the core of why these people feel the need to try and find a cure for death: they have struck off on their own, and told God “no thanks, we’ll figure out a way to do this on our own”. Believe this, Kurzweil does not bow down to the Creator each morning, thanking Him for everlasting life. Try to imagine that; it goes against everything the transhumanist movement believes in.
  • It is creepy and perverse. (Not always, but fairly often.) Much of the culture that surrounds life-extension technologies, transhumanism, and everything related seems to get off into the realm of depressing, dark, and dystopian territory. To be clear, when I say “creepy”, I’m not talking about stuff like taking your vitamins. I’m talking about The Brain That Wouldn’t Die-types of things. Because on one end of the spectrum there’s a lot of “normal” improvements to our lives here on earth like taking supplements and eating right. This end of the spectrum is (in my humble but correct opinion) OK: it works within the system of natural order. The other end of the spectrum is where things are creepy and just plain wrong – freezing people and implanting their brains in robot bodies, uploading people’s minds into AI copies of themselves, injecting nanorobots into people, and turning people into non-biological entities, among other things. Call me the weirdo if you want to, but I think a lot of the stuff researchers are feverishly working to create is the stuff of nightmares.
  • It is doomed to fail. Right or wrong, believe what you want about it…it’s never going to work. Don’t think I’m just a doubter; I know they have and will continue to develop some amazing technologies. But I contend that they never will defeat death, because mankind is not just a piece of meat that can be kept alive with the right kind of parts replacement and enough electricity. A person is a living soul. The body is destined to die, no matter what we do. God is the one Who gives life, and God is the one Who takes it. He has the ultimate say in the matter, no matter what this world’s billionaires and scientists insist on contending. Neither goodness nor wickedness can deliver those who are given to death – and that includes all of us.

Solomon told us we have no power to retain our own spirit. The rest of his statement on death is also instructive: “And so I saw the wicked buried, who had come and gone from the place of the holy, and they were forgotten in the city where they had so done: this is also vanity.” (Ecclesiastes 8:10)

What Will be the Result of Trying to Cheat Death?

All of today’s very best headline-making scientists and top brains will one day be forgotten – both the good ones and the wicked ones. None of what they do will ultimately matter – I promise you. If you’ve read my past articles, you know my stance on AI, transhumanism, the end times, etc. and it basically comes down to: it’s all very interesting, but I already know who prevails in the end.

So, do I care about cheating death? No; not in any earthly sense. Jesus Christ already defeated death. He solved the problem for me and everyone else who will accept the clear, simple solution. You can know death has no power over you. I totally, 100% believe 1 Corinthians 15:50-57. I have no reason to waste my current life seeking ways to extend it (beyond basic common-sense nutrition). To me, transhumanism is the ultimate irony; it’s like wallowing in death.

I liken the quest to defeat death apart from God to the Tower of Babel. We’re witnessing the building of a new Tower, but this time it’s technological and virtual. We’re witnessing a new World Order – which is the old one you can read about in Genesis 11, just repackaged a bit.

A lot of people want to be a part of the so-called “New World Order” (even if they never use that term). They believe it’s claims. They embrace a vision of a new world, recreated in man’s image (not God’s image). But it’s all gonna fail, and it’s gonna burn down. Don’t let the slick advertising for all things against God fool you.

There is a new world order coming, one that will work perfectly and one that will last. But the mind behind it is not an AI, and the ruler of it will not be fallen man. It will be the true God who created everything (from nothingness).

Get on board – while you can.